There are four industry trends that make modern vehicles vulnerable to cyber attacks and potential failures:
The electronics in a vehicle are a complex network of safety critical and non-safety critical computers called electronic control units (ECUs). Isolating the safety critical from the non-safety critical systems is a complex problem.
The ECUs of a modern vehicle are built by multiple silicon and software suppliers. How does one ensure this complex supply chain is not porous to security risks?
A vehicle’s lifecycle is 7 to 15 years. Proactive software maintenance will be regularly required to keep the software current and address security vulnerabilities throughout the car’s lifecycle.
As vehicles become increasingly reliant on software, this software must remain safe and secure over the lifetime of the car.
Vehicle and consumer safety, costly recalls and brand reputation are at stake for automakers when the vehicle’s software is compromised by a cyber attack.
To address these concerns, BlackBerry has developed a 7-Pillars recommendation for Automotive Cybersecurity.
Read on to learn how these best practices can help mitigate security risks and build the foundation for a reliable and secure system.
Ensure the supply chain and the software and hardware components it delivers are safe and secure.
Use software and hardware components, in a defense in-depth architecture that has been hardened against security attacks.
Separate safety critical and non-safety critical systems and ensure trusted communication between these systems and to the outside world.
Monitor car health by regularly scanning and reporting a defined set of parameters while the vehicle is in the field.
Share common vulnerabilities and exposures (CVE) and advisories via a trusted network of subscribing enterprises.
Proactively re-flash the car’s software with secure over-the-air (OTA) software updates.
Implement best practices and train every development organization for safety and security.
As the leader in safety certified, secure and reliable software for the automobile industry, BlackBerry has developed and deployed world-class technology, tools and services that can be used to mitigate the security risk to a vehicle.
Download the whitepaper for a detailed outline of the BlackBerry 7-Pillars Recommendation for Automotive Cybersecurity.Download the full whitepaper
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