Grappling With Auto Security

Semiconductor Engineering

The search is on for a way to balance connectivity, performance and security.

Ann Steffora Mutschler of Semiconductor Engineering has written an interesting article on Security in automotive.

It’s a changed world under the hood of automobiles today, as vehicles become increasingly connected to infrastructure and each other. But that connectedness also is creating new security risks.

Growing complexity is one piece of the problem. There are upwards of 80 electronic control units (ECUs) and more than 100 million lines of code in an average vehicle. On top of that, there are more vehicles communicating. The number of cars on the road containing at least some level of interconnectivity will reach 100 million by 2025, according to Gartner.

But even with all of that sophistication, automobiles still operate with a series of non-secure controller area network (CAN) buses that are vulnerable to common software flaws, particularly when that vehicle is also connected to the cloud.

“It’s going to be one of those multi-faceted things,” observed ...

To read the article, click here.

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