Vehicles can no longer be seen as just a mechanical system - they embed dozens of electronic control units, safety components and infotainment devices. If these components are manufactured without defenses, a hacker might find ways to manipulate vehicular communications by interception.
Each component requires an identity to provide protection against manipulation. This ensures the ‘integrity’ of the vehicle assets across the entire vehicle lifecycle. Use cases could be;
- Manufacturing & Production
- Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X)
- Internal vehicle functions
- Aftermarket products and suppliers
Using multiple suppliers and technologies creates vulnerable weaknesses in the supply chain which in turn will have serious repercussions on consumer safety as well as brand if a component was attacked.
Secure identity commences during the manufacturing process where cryptographic key injection gives every component an identity.
Utimaco assures device security and data privacy throughout the complete device life-cycle from manufacturing (key injection) through device operation (PKI) to end-of-operation (key termination).