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IBM and G&D developing connected vehicle security

Security solution designed to protect connected vehicles from hacking

IBM and G&D developing connected vehicle security
The IBM and G&D solution is intended to protect connected cars from outside hacking threats.

IBM and secure identity specialist Giesecke & Devrient (G&D) are working together to develop connected vehicle security solutions to help prevent car hacks.

The crypto chip and key solution is intended to protect embedded control systems in vehicles, known as electronic control units (ECUs) that will connect to outside systems in a connected vehicle concept.

The two companies are developing a Secure Gateway ECU, based on crypto key and chip, which will enable more secure communications within the vehicle and to the backend. The solution will include management of trusted identities in a secure environment; trusted Service Management to ensure driver data security and privacy; secure Gateway ECU to ensure the communication within the car and to the backend and highly flexible connectivity management with G&D's subscription management solution.

The platform will be further developed based on the requirements of automotive OEMs.

"With dozens of ECUs (electronic control units) and several in-vehicle bus systems as well as various wireless connections to the external world of a connected vehicle, it is vital to protect those systems in the best possible way against remote hacks, fraudulent attacks and any attempts that could affect traffic safety," said Erich Nickel, Director of Automotive Solutions CoC DACH at IBM. "As a multitude of connected vehicle online services are already available, involving aspects of data privacy and secure payments, secure infrastructures and communication channels are needed."

"As a leading provider of M2M SIMs and of securing digital identities, G&D has transferred its high security standards from the smart card ecosystem into the world of networked mobility. The products and solutions fulfil the requirements and standards of the specific industries such as ISO/TS 16949, which is considered the model for quality management systems in the automotive industry," says Axel Deininger, Head of the Enterprise Security/OEM division in the Mobile Security business unit at G&D.

The new crypto chip and key solution is being showcased first at IAA International Automobile Fair in Frankfurt, from 17-27th September.

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