Automotive Security Resides in Supply Chain
Intel and others are looking to foster collaboration to build more resilient platforms for automotive systems as hacked vehicles become a more frequent occurrence.
It wasn’t long ago that the advent of computers in cars prompted jokes about cars being hacked or enduring a blue screen of death, but hackers tinkering with our trucks is now a reality, and it means every link in the automotive supply chain needs to think about their role in security.
The tipping point was when connectivity was added to vehicles, Steve Grobman, president of Intel’s Automotive Security Review Board (SRB), told EBN in a recent telephone interview. “If you an have embedded system that has a vulnerability, but it is air gapped and isolated, it doesn’t pose a risk.” But when these systems become connected, a latent vulnerability becomes exploitable, he said.
It’s just not network connectivity that makes automobiles less secure, but the ability to plug other devices into a vehicle through other means such as USB creates opportunities to hack what used to be otherwise isolated, embedded components.
The formation of the SRB, that includes Intel Security, IBM, Rambus and others, is one of the first steps in addressing the multifaceted objectives of improving security in vehicles without creating barriers by understand what reference architectures are required to support enhanced integration to external networks and capabilities.