Intel wants to tackle smart-car security

classic car, wikimedia commonsIntel wants to improve smartcar security before the technology starts to make much more impact.

Chipzilla has launched something called the Automotive Security Review Board (ASRB) to cut future cybersecurity risks to vehicles and drivers.

The ASRB will encompass “top security talent” worldwide with a particular bent towards physical system security.

Members of the board will perform ongoing security tests and audits to formulate both best practice recommendations and design suggestions to benefit automakers as whole, which will then in turn help keep drivers and passengers safe in today’s modern vehicles, Chipzilla said.

Fiat Chrysler was recently blighted by the fact that severe vulnerabilities were discovered within SUVs offered by the automaker. The models used the Uconnect connected car system, which was found to be vulnerable to remote attacks leading to engine control, placing drivers in danger.

Over 1.4 million vehicles have been recalled in order to patch the flaw.
Intel will provide the board with the company’s advanced development platforms on which to conduct research.

Alongside the launch of ASRB, Intel has published the first version of its automotive cybersecurity best practices, which will be updated as the board’s research continues.

“Unlike vehicle safety, security is as much an after-sale activity as a production one. When an automobile is on the road, vehicle software is at risk from vulnerabilities, intentional and accidental owner actions, and malicious attacks. Threat analysis and risk assessment continues throughout the life of the car as old vulnerabilities are patched and new ones come to light, so the risk of attack can even increase with time,” the report states.