The automotive industry has evolved tremendously in the last 20 years. Modern cars are now real “computers on wheels”, operating in a connected world and ecosystem of other cars, roadside infrastructure, and the cloud. Known as a V2X (Vehicle-to-everything) network, beneath others, vehicles are connected via Dedicated Short-Range Communication (DSRC) or Cellular-V2X (C-V2X).
To give some day-to-day examples, drivers can unlock their cars with wireless key-fobs or mobile phones, retrieve updates of their car software, diagnose issues remotely and more. Smart vehicles will likely soon incorporate more advanced features such as payments, facial recognition software and automated communication systems between cars to increase communication between drivers in real-time.
With the heavy focus on digital innovation, it is paramount that companies in this space increasingly focus on upping their digital and physical security measures. For companies in these sectors, cybersecurity should be top of their mind. Although these industries are not traditionally thought of as being at risk for data privacy breaches, they are fast becoming lucrative targets for malicious (black hat) hackers who disrupt day-to-day business, steal data or property and demand ransom.
In this context, cybersecurity in the automotive space is becoming as important as the physical brakes of a traditional car. The industry is adapting and regulating at a rapid pace, UNECE WP.29 R155 UN Regulation No. 155 - Cyber security and cyber security management system being one among other regulations and initiatives.
This new paradigm requires that car manufacturers work in close cooperation with security vendors to cover areas such as:
Key Management: cryptographic key management is essential to guarantee a high level of security of this ecosystem and all-over the life cycle of these connected vehicles, from production to day-to-day driving and maintenance. Typical use cases for key management include the secure production of ECUs (Electronic Control Units) which requires secure identities to be issued and managed or authentication and code-signing as required for firmware updates over-the air (FOTA). Additionally, with the arise of quantum computing and a given life span of more than 10 years for a vehicle, crypto agility is a must to prepare for potential attacks on existing asymmetric algorithms used today.
Payment: Another interesting aspect that car manufacturers consider is secure payment functionality offered in the vehicle. To this extent, provisioning of the payment tokens / virtual payment card is required together with the management of PIN codes in compliance with PCI standards.
Mobile App Security: A third area of security concern is the issuance and the security management of mobile apps used to interact with the vehicle. Some rich functionality such as opening the car remotely for rental providers, turn on heating, send diagnostic data to a repair agent require secure mobile apps. Such apps need advanced security technology such as Runtime App Self Protection, Reverse Engineering Resistance, API Assurance etc.
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