Thursday 17th October 2019

Vehicles and mobility services to be secured against cyber-attacks by partners Trend Micro and Luxoft

Published on April 2nd, 2019

Two companies are now jointly introducing and deploying an Intrusion Detection System (IDS), designed to detect, mitigate and respond to cyber-attacks on connected cars.

Trend Micro Incorporated, a provider of cybersecurity solutions, is now partnering with global digital strategy and engineering firm, Luxoft Holding, Inc.

The automotive industry is evolving rapidly and Gartner estimates that by 2025 more than 1.1 billion connected consumer and commercial vehicles will be on the roads. Connected cars and mobility services offer a wealth of new opportunities, but with the introduction of always-on connectivity and on-demand services, new cybersecurity threats leave carmakers vulnerable to attack. Trend Micro continues to see increased interest from cybercriminals in attacking connected devices – and cars will be no exception.

“We’re delighted to be joining forces with Luxoft to tackle the growing challenge of securing connected cars,” says Akihiko Omikawa, executive vice president for IoT security at Trend Micro. “Connected devices of all kinds must be secured from the beginning, and this solution will allow car makers to build in the necessary mitigations to block cyber threats. By combining Luxoft’s automotive capabilities and expertise with Trend Micro’s leading expertise in cyber security, we will be able to tackle the new challenges brought by the digitalisation of in-car systems.”

The upcoming Intrusion Detection System (IDS) solution developed specifically for cars, will reportedly be enhanced with machine learning techniques to identify anomalies in communication, behaviour and the state of components. The machine learning will be fed by data collected from advanced detection mechanisms from the in-car technology.

Alwin Bakkenes

In addition, the solution will provide car manufacturers with insights from Trend Micro’s global threat intelligence, with information on threats, vulnerabilities and remediation from the company’s expansive global data set. The On the Move IDS will include a data collection and detection engine, offering another level of protection against intrusion for in-car systems.

“The automotive industry is undergoing a massive technological transformation in connectivity and connected mobility. As a result, the risk of a cyberattack on a vehicle that’s connected to a cloud or mobility services platform is a major concern,” adds Alwin Bakkenes, executive vice president of Automotive at Luxoft. “Our partnership with Trend Micro will provide a comprehensive cyber security solution for connected cars and mobility use cases, keeping vehicles safe and protected, while enabling for trusted and secured mobility in the connected car.”

The IDS solution’s features include:

  • Securing V2X communication, both physical and remote
  • Protecting cloud and mobility services, including over-the-air updates and asset management
  • Establishing secure operation of car components, like ECUs, actuators, sensors, etc.
  • Providing sustainable cybersecurity protection level via continuous threat research and proactive control mechanisms.

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