What About Automotive Cyber Security?

What About Automotive Cyber Security?

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The autonomous, connected, electric and shared (ACES) trends bring new requirements that modern automotive operating systems need to be capable of handling. The growing number of electronic control units (ECUs) modern vehicles requires new thinking about automotive cybersecurity. Today’s high-end vehicle can require as many as 100 ECUs to function as intended. 

Complex computing operations such as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and autonomous driving will only add to the required computing power. Though these ECUs can enable connected services or automated driving, every additional link in the chain opens up potential cyber security flaws.

In an interview with automotiveworld.com, Ilya Efimov, Head of Technology Solutions Development, KasperskyOS, said he was concerned over the potential vulnerabilities which could be unlocked within safety-critical components. “As more cars are connected to the internet, it is clear that modern internet threats that we see on desktop computers or mobile devices will come to automotive too. Connected cars open a new attack vector,” he added. The company’s software development kit (SDK) includes a ‘security-first’ design specifically for automotive, based on the company’s own operating system, KasperskyOS. 

Kaspersky has also designed a multi-layered security approach intended to cover all possible attack vectors. “We’ve analyzed how data flows in the system, how external applications will use Adaptive AUTOSAR API and how we can protect their data, the operating system and other applications,” Efimov added. “With our technologies which are embedded in KasperskyOS, and with KSS, we can control all the dataflow on the system.” This design allows us to create bespoke cybersecurity policies. KSS halts any action that would break security policies, effectively preventing any unapproved actions from taking place, including halting intruders before they can inject harmful malware.

Another benefit is the company’s use of hypervisors, which allow a single host computer to virtually share its resources, such as memory and processing power, and to host several virtual machines. Automotive cyber security must be efficient, scalable and foolproof. To build effective cybersecurity, developers must be security-focused right from the start.

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