Software-based security is becoming an increasingly important feature of the connected car – or so says ABI Research in its latest report on “Automotive Safety and Autonomous Driving.” Growing awareness of the threat of cyber-attacks and the risks that these represent to the physical integrity of drivers and pedestrians is prompting OEMs and Tier1 suppliers to source security technology for the next generation of connected cars. ABI Research forecasts that more than 20 million connected cars will be shipped with software-based security systems by 2020.
Forging new partnerships
Cisco Systems, a leading player in the software-based security market is partnering with Continental, for example, to bring enterprise IT connectivity based security technologies such as Private Networks (VPN), IPsec, encryption and authentication to an automotive industry lacking in-house expertise. Cisco and Continental believe that the answer to the security threat facing the vehicle of the future is to “treat it like an enterprise.” Each car should have security and access permissions of a self-contained enterprise network, and every incoming and outgoing communication would be monitored and managed the same way an IT department walls off a corporate network from the outside world.
However, security is not just about technology and ABI Research believes that adopting end-to-end, balanced, and cost-effective risk management practices including security-based design procedures, frequency/severity analysis, audit and monitoring policies, and detection and assessment of vulnerabilities through self-induced cyber-attacks will be required to prevent malicious intrusions.
To find out more check out ABI Research’s Automotive Safety & Autonomous Driving and Cybersecurity Research Services which cover the different types of connected car cybersecurity technologies including connectivity, hardware, software, and policies based solutions, main barriers, the vendor ecosystem, products and solutions, and shipment forecasts.