Internet of Things

Vehicle Hacking: Continental Reveals Car Cybersecurity Solutions Continental and Argus join hands to help automakers prevent cyber attacks on connected cars


GERMAN auto-parts supplier Continental has announced that it will be offering end-to-end cybersecurity and over-the-air software update solutions for its connected vehicle products.

Hanover-based Continental will provide the solutions from Argus Cyber Security and Elektrobit (EB) pre-integrated into telematics units, infotainment systems, gateways, and more.

It has been an area of concern for many in the industry that the automotive industry will have to deal with serious cybersecurity issues in order to guarantee people’s safety in a strongly automated traffic scenario.

Continental, Elektrobit and Argus’ cybersecurity enables OEMs to prevent, understand and respond to cyber threats.

With this move, Continental will now provide vehicle manufacturers with an end-to-end solution to secure their fleets from current and future cyber threats.

With growing demand by consumers for connected cars even in India, companies like Hyundai, Maruti-Suzuki, Nissan, and Renault will definitely benefit from this move from Continental.

To prevent possible attacks, EB not only provides consultation but also offers security components for the application layer, hardware-specific security products, AUTOSAR basic software and security solutions for the bootloader.

The company has announced these solutions globally and as of now no India specific announcement was made by them for these new connected car solutions.

More than 60 million connected vehicles will be sold worldwide per year by 2021.

– Wolfgang Bernhart, Senior Partner, Roland Berger

The components have been designed for applications including secure communication, authenticated identification, secure updates and diagnostics, and are already on the road in millions of cars today.

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

Recently, companies like Hyundai with their new Verna and Maruti Suzuki with their Nexa brand have come out with telematic connected in-car technology solutions for customers.

Though pivotal to today’s scenario, diver data protection is also a serious future concern. Solutions announced by Continental will reaffirm the confidence of a car buyer that his private data is secured.

Nissan also recently announced 50 new features on Nissan Connect in-car technology in India with their fleet of vehicles. Nissan, however, does offer a secured server for the protection of their client’s data in India.

Argus’ Lifespan Protection (LP), 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 when they happen, 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 their fleets around the world, vehicle manufacturers can rely on EB’s over-the-air software update service EB cadian Sync.

Just as brakes are imperative for safe driving, connected vehicles require state-of-the-art cybersecurity as a basic feature. Therefore, we have decided to offer end-to-end cybersecurity solutions from Argus and Elektrobit in all of our connected vehicle electronics and as a standalone solution for third-party products.

– Werner Koestler, Head of Strategy, Interior division, Continental

The company is also offering Gateway and In-Vehicle Server as a part of their multi-layered solution portfolio. In addition to this, Continental is also developing control units which themselves serve as important elements in the security chain.

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.

The Gateway integrates security features from Argus and enables basic vehicle diagnostics and over-the-air software update capabilities via EB to monitor the vehicle’s cyber health and allow for immediate updates if needed. In essence, the gateway takes over the role of security master.

With basic connectivity being offered in cars in India, drivers and owners often agree to terms and services of something as seamless as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Though secure, a data mining of such data can be done remotely in any capacity if the car systems are connected to the Internet. so the gateway here offers a constant check on any such attempt by a hacker.

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.

This will be very helpful as we move towards the age of driverless cars. As server-based architectures will play a key role in safety and seamlessness of this technology. An In-vehicle server just makes the data very local and difficult to tamper with by a party meaning to do harm to your vehicle or the owner.

It also provides a central architectural element leveraging the full spectrum of over-the-air software updates for remote maintenance and cybersecurity for the entire vehicle.




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