Keeping Your Automated Cars Safe

Fortinet is extending its global leadership in network security to the automotive industry as manufacturers begin to develop vehicles that require automated security with real-time threat intelligence and strategic segmentation to protect the car’s complex architecture.

Gavin Chow, Network and Security Strategist for Fortinet, APAC region

By 2025, it is projected that there will be 300 million connected cars up from 37 million in 2016, with annual revenues for connected car equipment and associated services to surpass US$250 billion. This is mainly driven by the increasing demand of the global connected car market for self-driving features, implementation of data-driven decision-making, and connectivity solutions within the vehicle, such as access to smartphone features, music on-demand, Internet connectivity and infotainment in vehicles.

“Connected vehicles are the next major technology innovation disrupting the automotive industry. With 3D mapping, sensor processing, smart device integration, cloud-based services, and autonomous driving defining the connected car of the future, the cyber risks are enormous. Therefore, integrated security is paramount for the safety and consumer confidence in the connected car,” said Gavin Chow, Fortinet’s network and security strategist.

Connected cars require several different security solutions working as a single system and therefore need to include strategic segmentation of key function domains, such as powertrain, telematics and infotainment to ensure that threats are automatically contained and mitigated.

Another key requirement is a real-time threat update system where the latest vulnerability and threat information can be fed to the vehicle to provide effective and automated protection. This also includes connecting back to a cloud network to share and correlate events to receive timely security patches and updates.

With this in mind, Fortinet and Renesas have collaborated on a prototype security solution that addresses the major cybersecurity risks in today’s connected car network architecture. Fortinet’s Security Fabric technology that runs on Renesas’ R-Car H3 SoC provides security policy management and automated protection of the powertrain and communication domains in the vehicle. This including the LTE module, vehicle-to-vehicle communications module, the wireless access point, the engine control module and more.

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