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23 03, 2017

Consolidating and Securing Automotive Software Environments


The complexity of today’s automobiles is increasing with every new model on the market. A modern car can contain up to 100 electronic control units and with connectivity and autonomy becoming growing trends, this is set to increase dramatically in the coming years. Many of these systems up until a few years ago have safely run on microcontrollers on an unsecured vehicle network, and this has been fine; the networks were ‘air-gapped’ from the rest of the world, and the risk of a malicious attacker causing any kind of danger to a car’s occupants by directly plugging in a new device was as likely as someone cutting the brake lines. The automotive industry on the whole were happy with this risk.

Today, however, we […]