Infographic: Opportunities for Research & Innovation
The Future of Automotive Security Technology Research (FASTR) recently published an infographic that highlights its holistic view of vehicle security.
As is illustrated in the infographic below, this includes everything from the physical supply chain, to consumer electronics used to unlock car doors, to the technical stack responsible for perception and motion planning and beyond. All of these components, says FASTR, must be understood together so the industry can accelerate a safe and reliable realization of tomorrow’s vehicles.
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According to Joe Gullo, the senior director for partnerships at Rambus, the company, which is a member of the consortium, has taken an active role in developing FASTR’s automotive over-the-air (OTA) update platform evaluation framework. The framework, says Gullo, will be published later this year.
“We strongly believe that vehicle security must be integrated at the earliest stages of product development. Multi-layered solutions are a must to address a range of threats, including attacks that leverage the cloud-to-vehicle connection, utilize the in-vehicle network, target individual ECUs, or exploit connected devices,” Gullo told Rambus Press. “Coordination across the value chain is also necessary to appropriately design, efficiently implement and rapidly improve vehicle security requirements. Best-in-class security solutions can be achieved only by incorporating the unique perspectives and experiences of silicon vendors, tier one suppliers, vehicle OEMs and service providers.”
Gullo also told Rambus Press that security teams already have a seat at the automotive design table – starting at the vehicle concept stage.
“Ultimately, multi-layered security solutions will utilize AI and deep learning to self-heal and automatically update as the threat landscape evolves. The automotive industry will actively promote the significant reduction in traffic-related fatalities as secure semi-autonomous and automotive vehicles proliferate our roadways,” he added.
Manifesto: Toward Tomorrow’s ‘Organically Secure’ Vehicle
Earlier this year, FASTR outlined the consortium’s organizational and industry intentions in a manifesto titled “Toward Tomorrow’s ‘Organically Secure’ Vehicle.”
“Autonomy promises to be one of the most significant safety mechanisms the world has ever built,” reads the manifesto. “But autonomy and security go hand in hand; autonomy and trust exist in equal measure. If we trust the autonomous technology in the vehicle, we will deploy it widely, and, if we do not, it will remain a laboratory curiosity. Trust depends crucially on security in and around the car.”
The manifesto also outlines opportunities to re-architect the connected vehicle so that cybersecurity is at its very foundation and coordinated across the entire, evolving automotive supply chain. In this way, says the manifesto, connected vehicles will be created “organically secure.”
According to Steve Grobman, FASTR board president and Intel Security Group chief technology officer, the manifesto is a call to action for the automotive industry.
“The connected and autonomous car of the future offers revolutionary benefits: dramatic reduction in accidents, alleviation of city congestion, mobility for all and more,” he stated. “All of the benefits will rely on non-negotiable automotive security, as well as the industry collaboration and innovation that FASTR fuels. A diversity of expertise, inputs and perspectives is needed in this effort.”
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