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Intel gets tough on automotive security

By Wong Chung Wee - on 16 Sep 2015, 2:00pm

Intel gets tough on automotive security

Fifteen of the most hackable and exposed attack surfaces on a next-generation car. (Image source: Intel)

Intel has established the Automotive Security Review Board (ASRB) in an attempt to mitigate the cybersecurity risks of connected vehicles. The organization will tap on the expertise of top security experts across the globe, with its attention on cyber-physical systems. ASRB will conduct security tests and audits in order to determine the best practices and design recommendations for cybersecurity products and solutions, which are applicable to connected automobiles and their drivers. For a start, Intel has published its first version of its best practices for automotive security. The company will continue to update the white paper as ASRB carries on with its research.

"We can, and must, raise the bar against cyberattacks in automobiles," said Chris Young, senior vice president and general manager of Intel Security. "With the help of the ASRB, Intel can establish security best practices and encourage that cybersecurity is an essential ingredient in the design of every connected car. Few things are more personal than our safety while on the road, making the ASRB the right idea at the right time."

Just last month, it was reported two security researchers managed to remotely hack a Corvette with the use of an insurance company dongle. In another development, Uber was reported to have hired the security researchers who were responsible for a similar feat with connected vehicles. Like Uber, Intel is serious about security on connected vehicles. The ASRB will be given access to Intel’s automotive advanced development platform for their research purposes. As an incentive, Intel will be dangling a huge carrot, in the form of a new car, or its cash equivalent, to any ASRB researcher who makes an “impactful” contribution that can be implemented on Intel’s automotive platform. Intel is driving its message home, signaling its intentions on championing cybersecurity for connected vehicles.

(Source: Intel via eWeek)