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In response to the ris­ing cy­ber­se­cu­rity chal­lenges fac­ing the con­nected and au­ton­o­mous au­to­mo­bile in­dus­try, Kasper­sky Lab and AVL Soft­ware and Func­tions GmbH have un­veiled the Se­cure Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Unit (SCU) at New Mo­bil­ity World in Frank­furt. The se­cu­rity so­lu­tion pro­to­type demon­strates the pos­si­bil­i­ties of in­ter­fer­ence-proof com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween car com­po­nents, the car, and its ex­ter­nal con­nected in­fra­struc­ture, mak­ing con­nected cars se­cure-by-de­sign.

With each gen­er­a­tion, cars are in­cor­po­rat­ing new in­tel­li­gent tech­nolo­gies for re­mote di­ag­nos­tics, telem­at­ics, au­to­mated and au­ton­o­mous driv­ing, re­mote driver as­sis­tance, and in­fo­tain­ment. Based on electro­mechan­i­cal ve­hi­cle ac­tu­a­tors, car con­trols are be­com­ing in­creas­ingly com­plex cy­ber-phys­i­cal sys­tems with mul­ti­ple sen­sors, con­trols, ap­pli­ca­tions, sub­nets, and com­mu­ni­ca­tion mod­ules that in­ter­act with other ve­hi­cles and their en­vi­ron­ment. Their func­tions can be con­trolled remotely, via dig­i­tal sys­tems. Be­cause of this, con­nected cars are be­com­ing more of a tar­get for cy­ber at­tacks.

The role of Kasper­sky’s Se­cure Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Unit is to make con­nected cars se­cure by-de­sign, re­gard­less of the third-party soft­ware and sys­tems onboard. The SCU is a com­mu­ni­ca­tion gate­way con­trol unit, con­nected to sev­eral sub­nets and gate­way-con­trollers within the car net­work, which acts as a sin­gle se­cure gate­way for both in­com­ing and out­go­ing com­mu­ni­ca­tion, en­sur­ing that all con­nected sys­tems in the car get their in­for­ma­tion from a sin­gle source, mak­ing it bet­ter to con­trol, eas­ier to de­ter­mine cy­ber­se­cu­rity threats and neu­tralise them, and en­sure an over­all safer driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

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