Honeywell, Alpine, IAV and Karamba Security partner to create multi-layered solutions to secure cars

US-based Honeywell, Japan-based Alpine, Germany-based IAV and Israel and US-based Karamba Security are partnering to create multi-layered solutions to secure cars.The collaboration secures cars from known and unknown vulnerabilities that can be weaponized by adversaries in cyberattacks. Each partner brings to bear its own unique expertise and technology to respond to existing and evolving attack methods and vectors.

Demonstrations at CES will feature:

Reporting the attack attempts to an OEM Security Operations Center (SOC), provided by Honeywell

  • Hardening infotainment systems according to factory settings and preventing changes, i.e. malware, provided by Alpine, and by Karamba Security
  • Engineering and integration services provided by IAV including a demo vehicle secured by Karamba Security software, with reports and alerts transmitted to a prototype Secure Defense Center provided by IAV

Honeywell, Alpine, IAV and Karamba Security partner to create multi-layered solutions to secure cars

Honeywell Anomaly Detection, Exploit Prevention and SOC Analysis
Together with Karamba, the two companies will identify and validate, in runtime, software commands and data generated by more than 100 million lines of code governing modern vehicle operation. Honeywell’s Intrusion Detection software monitors in-vehicle network communications and anomalies, while Karamba Security’s Electronic Control Unit (ECU) software prevents an attack on the vehicle. Detected anomalies and prevented exploit attempts are transmitted in either real-time or via a scheduled download to Honeywell security centers for analysis and remediation.

IAVIntelligent Safety Analysis and Authentication of Vehicle Users
With the risks of cybersecurity threats that modern data connections are open to, IAV, in partnership with Karamba Security, has created an Automotive Security Defense Center to showcase how these attacks can be prevented to protect the connected vehicle. IAV’s prototype Automotive Security Defense Center continuously monitors the vehicle for OEM and fleet operators to detect and avert attacks, analyzes weak points and any issues noted by OEMs to close security gaps, and incorporates routine software updates. The demo at CES will illustrate a hack attempt and how it can be prevented.

Alpine Resiliency of Infotainment System to Ransomware Attack
By integrating Karamba’s Carwall product, Alpine and Karamba assure that the infotainment system is resilient to attacker attempts to hack the system. To demonstrate this capability, the companies have introduced a vulnerability into the system. The demo toggles between a vulnerable system and one with protection applied. The exploit results in a ransomware attack which locks the system. The same exploit attempt will fail on the protected browser, and a detailed incident report is sent to Karamba’s incident management server.

The automotive industry faces a multitude of pressing security challenges, most significant among them is authenticating car networks. There is an urgent need to authenticate in-vehicle communication to protect safety systems against hacks and to ensure that OTA updates are not used to deploy malware on targeted ECUs. Carmakers have been demanding suppliers authenticate in-car communications to protect vehicles against malicious messages sent by unauthorized ECUs or by physically hacking the car.

The collaboration aims to overcome industry barriers that have hindered progress to deploy stronger, layered defenses to assure consumer safety and help automakers and tier-1s meet regulatory compliance.

Regulations and guidelines are emerging worldwide such as those set out by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)’s newly published federal guidance, Automated Driving Systems (ADS): A Vision for Safety 2.0, as well as the guidelines defined in the SELF DRIVE Act passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.


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