Rambus and FASTR accelerate automotive security

This entry was posted on Friday, February 10th, 2017.

Rambus has joined the Future of Automotive Security Technology Research (FASTR) consortium. Formerly known as the “Automotive Security Review Board,” FASTR was founded by Aeris, Intel Security and Uber in 2016.

“FASTR is a valuable channel to collaborate with new partners, including those who are traditionally outside of the automotive ecosystem,” said Joe Gullo, Senior Director of Partnerships at Rambus.

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“FASTR provides us access to automotive industry leaders and helps facilitate collaboration with fellow members to identify and address emerging security issues. We are excited to be a member of FASTR and look forward to improving vehicle safety and security.”

It should be noted that FASTR recently released a manifesto titled “Toward Tomorrow’s ‘Organically Secure’ Vehicle,” which outlines the consortium’s organizational and industry intentions.

“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 the opportunities that exist to rearchitect 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 would be created “organically secure,” systematically more able to deal with threats safely and predictably and, ultimately, to self-heal.

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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