Autonomous, Electrical, Connected, and Shared Mobility disruptions are real, and even more vulnerable to cyberattacks.
What are our observations about the automotive industry?
In parallel with other industries, the automotive industry is also becoming more software-driven in order to improve vehicle performance and to stand out in the market. The above disruptions force every stakeholder across the automotive industry to revisit their strategies around these key areas of change.
ECUs, Digital Car Keys, eFuse, sensors, power doors, infotainment, and other smart components, are interacting to improve driver and passenger comfort. These smart technologies are not limited only to vehicles; they can also communicate with smart infrastructures and cloud systems for real-time updates, congestion detection, weather forecasting, and other purposes.
What are the challenges for the automotive industry?
With the growth of interconnected systems, modern vehicles are controlled by electronic systems. These electronic systems consist of various software and connectivity enabling vehicles to have specific features and services; however, it also leads to increased threats from malicious attacks. The optimal way to protect the devices and communication is by providing identity to devices, securing communications, and enabling authentication wherever and whenever required. This is made possible due to encryption keys.
The security of the encryption keys contributes to creating trust in connected devices. However, the number of keys in modern vehicles is increasing. Currently, there are around ~ 150 ECUs, equal to +150 keys per vehicle. Keys are also used to secure other devices and communications. The main challenge for cybersecurity is key management throughout the vehicle’s lifetime.
The main challenge for cybersecurity is key management throughout the vehicle’s lifetime.
Understanding this challenge, Utimaco developed Automotive Trust Suite, which secures keys based on Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) for various use cases while meeting core solution requirements.
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Utimaco’s Automotive Trust Suite Portfolio
Utimaco’s portfolio includes the following use cases, and continue to expand: