Connected-vehicle technologies are making many new services and business models possible. Protecting the latter necessitates the ability to respond to future attack methods and techniques at all times, as this will be the only way to protect vehicles using future security solutions. This video illustrates how ESCRYPT’s solution for intrusion detection and prevention protects vehicles – from the production plant to the salvage yard.
A lot of families go out of town in the summer. But before they leave home, they naturally make sure that they close the windows and lock the doors. After all, everybody understands that you can use common sense to reduce the risk of burglary. It’s not that simple, however, for automotive developers who want to safeguard vehicles against manipulation. Thanks to all its technical terms and technological quirks, embedded security is an enigma to many laypeople – making it remarkably challenging to identify the appropriate protection against people gaining unauthorized access.
One year after opening its Canadian headquarters in Waterloo Region, ESCRYPT (ETAS Embedded Systems Canada Inc.), a leading provider of cyber security solutions and services for the Internet of Things (IoT), is pleased to announce the expansion of their operations into a 11,000 square foot newly renovated facility at 419 Phillip Street in Waterloo.
Cyber-security is becoming a fundamental challenge facing global automakers. This new issue will require significant changes to previous development concepts and methods. For the automotive industry, ESCRYPT introduced advanced technologies for secure over-the-air (OTA) software updates and intrusion detection systems (IDS) to be well equipped for future security threats.
If security experts talk with colleagues from the automotive industry about cyber security, it likely ends up in a fascinating discussion about various crypto algorithms, the number of key bits to employ, or the newest hacks from DEF CON. However, in truth, 99 percent of the real problems in daily automotive IT security practice have nothing to do with weaknesses in crypto algorithms, keys that are too short, or the latest DEF CON side-channel hacks.
Embedded systems are taking on more and more functions. The large number of ECUs in vehicles is a prime example, with their software coordinating more and more powertrain, safety, and convenience functions. Previously, IT systems in vehicles were isolated and independent. Now it is time to provide connectivity to the outside digital world in order to take advantage of the security and service potential of Car-to-X communication, or of Firmware-over-the-Air updates (FOTA).
In the last ten years, embedded security became a more and more important topic for car manufactures. Today, nobody doubts the necessity of effective security measures against unauthorized access to the vehicle network to protect the vehicle, its occupants and to open new business models.
ETAS GmbH has completed the acquisition of Canada-based TrustPoint Innovation Technologies, Ltd. Approval from antitrust author¬ities has now been received. The contract for the acquisition was signed earlier in February. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. TrustPoint Innovation Technologies, Ltd. provides specialized security tools for Vehicle-to-X (V2X) communication and secure Machine-to-Machine (M2M) communication in the Internet of Things (IoT).
How can I protect my connected vehicles against attacks? And how can I identify and analyze them?
Integrated security solutions are the only way to reliably protect connected vehicles against cyber-attacks. These have to take into account every possible risk scenario that might conceivably occur during the entire life cycle of the vehicle in order to develop and effectively implement reliable, risk-appropriate security mechanisms.
ESCRYPTs Intrusion Detection and Prevention Solution for vehicles was demonstrated at this year’s embedded world in Nuremburg.