Autmotive Cybersecurity: New Saas Security, OTA, Blockchain & Members

In automotive cybersecurity news this week were Continental, Elektrobit, Argus, VIN Chain, Dash and MOBi


Elektrobit & Argus Cybersecurity Mod Solution for OTA

Elektrobit (EB)—announced EB cadian Sync. Together with ARGUS Cyber Security, this modular solution allows car makers to safely and securely keep their fleets up to date, regardless of size. The new software product forms the basis for automated and connected cars and minimizes the risk of security threats.

EB cadian Sync opens the door to offering software as a product (SaaP) or service (SaaS) over a vehicle’s entire life cycle. With these new business models, car makers can offer “upgradeable” vehicles equipped with the hardware needed for a variety of exclusive features. Consumers are able to activate software functionalities after the car is purchased or for a special occasion. For example, when taking a road trip, drivers can easily activate Adaptive Cruise Control for more comfort. Furthermore, with an updated infotainment system, car makers can create a consistent and more modern brand experience.

EB cadian Sync establishes an end-to-end, secure communication channel to enable OTA updates within the car. The scalable, hardware-agnostic software toolchain supports the OTA updates of software in all Electronic Control Units (ECUs) used in the vehicle and is not limited to head units and in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems. EB cadian Sync features a modular user interface (UI) portal for seamless vehicle, campaign, and software management. EB provides the backend required for such updates as well as all the required services to operate EB cadian Sync on the customer’s infrastructure of choice.

More EB and Argus’ Offerings

Technology company Continental recently announced it is offering end-to-end cyber security and wireless software update solutions integrated into connected vehicle electronics including telematics units, infotainment systems, gateways and more from Argus Cyber Security (Argus) and Elektrobit (EB).

“Just as brakes are imperative for safe driving, connected vehicles require state-of-the-art cyber security as a basic feature,” said Werner Koestler, Head of Strategy, Interior division, Continental.  “Therefore, we have decided to offer end-to-end cyber security solutions from Argus and Elektrobit in all of our connected vehicle electronics and as a standalone solution for third party products.”

Continental, EB and Argus’ cyber security philosophy is focused on enabling OEMs to secure vehicles by preventing, understanding and responding to cyber threats.

To prevent possible attacks, EB provides consultation, along with security components for the application layer, hardware-specific security products, AUTOSAR (AUTomotive Open System ARchitecture) basic software and security solutions for bootloaders launching various operating systems. Those components, on the road today in millions of vehicles, are designed for applications including secure communication, authenticated identification, secure updates and diagnostics.

Argus provides multi-layered solutions that offer additional state-of-the-art prevention from cyber attacks against the vehicle, as well as the ability to detect and respond to attacks in real-time with Argus Connectivity Protection installed on telematic and infotainment units and the Argus Intrusion Detection and Prevention System deployed in the in-vehicle network.

Argus Lifespan Protection, an automotive security operations center, offers an additional layer of prevention, understanding and response by providing OEMs visibility into the cyber health of their fleets, analysis of cross-fleet information to generate insights into the nature of attacks,  identification of emerging threats, and a rapid response to incidents by immunizing the fleet. To react as quickly as possible, and install software patches to resolve vulnerabilities in fleets around the world, vehicle manufacturers can rely on EB’s wireless software update service EB cadian Sync.

“Our multi-layered approach is an end-to-end offering for automotive cyber security, from the development of new products and ongoing monitoring, to the ability to resolve vulnerabilities via wireless updates to immunize fleets from future attacks,” Koestler explained.

Gateway and In-Vehicle Server: Mastering Cyber Security Today and Tomorrow

Continental is making the multi-layered solutions part of its portfolio, ensuring its components are as robustly secured against attacks as possible. In addition, Continental is also developing control units, which serve as important elements in the security chain themselves. Continental’s Gateway, for example, acts as a router within the vehicle computing network in classical distributed in-vehicle computing architectures or today’s domain architectures.

“For components that build an entry point for remote attacks, such as telematics units or infotainment systems, the requirements have been drastically increasing over the last couple of years. As an international automotive supplier, we see it as our duty to provide the best protection possible for our customers,” Koestler continued.

The Gateway integrates state-of-the-art security features from Argus and enables basic vehicle diagnostics and wireless software update capabilities via EB to monitor the vehicle’s cyber health and allow for immediate updates if needed.  In essence, Gateway takes over the role as security master.  For future server-based architectures, Continental is offering the In-Vehicle Server, a high-performance computing unit that acts as a network manager and communication interface. It also provides a central architectural element leveraging the full spectrum of wireless software updates for remote maintenance and cyber security for the entire vehicle.

Billington Automotive Cybersecurity Summit Soon

Top automotive executives and government representatives will detail the latest cybersecurity threats and best safety practices at the second Billington Automotive Cybersecurity Summit on Aug. 3 at Cobo Center in Detroit.

Speakers include General Motors President Dan Ammann, Sen. Gary Peters, former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, FBI Assistant Deputy Director Paul Abbate, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Deputy Administrator Heidi King and speakers from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Cummins, Daimler AG, Toyota, Cruise and Ford Motor Company.

Dash Blockchains with VINchain

Faraday Future (FF) also announced  that it has joined MOBI, the Mobility Open Blockchain Initiative, to explore blockchain and distributed ledger technology (DLT) for use in the development of a digital mobility ecosystem that could make transportation safer, more affordable, and more widely available.


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