This Sunday, Intel announced the creation of the Automotive Security Review Board (ASRB) to help automakers secure cars and drivers in the face of the rising threat of car hacking.
According to the official press release, this board will be focused on running various security audits, creating industry-wide best practices, and sharing advanced cyber-security products for the benefit of both automobile makers and drivers.
To help get things started, the company published the Automotive Security Best Practiceswhitepaper, which sets the baseline for future car cyber-security research.
According to this research paper, automobile makers are faced with security threats that exploit not only software vulnerabilities but also the hardware platform itself, a problem that classic PC makers never faced, and neither did classic anti-virus solutions.
Intel will play a major role in the car cyber-security sector
Some of the recommended best practices include the implementation of secure boot and software attestation functions, usage of trusted execution technology, the presence of a tampering protection system, cryptographic acceleration, active memory protection, and the implementation of device identity directly on the device.
Additionally, Intel’s best practices also call for usage of virtualization techniques when building the car’s software, the usage of isolated software containers, and the enforcement of approved and appropriate behavior for each networked system.
When it comes to network and cloud services, Intel recommends that car makers implement firewalls for all their vehicles, the usage of secure authenticated channels between the car and the cloud, remote monitoring of the vehicle’s activity, the mandatory implementation of over-the-air updates and credential management.
To help mitigate attacks faster, Intel also recommends collaboration among all parties involved, from car makers to dealers, and from government agencies to cyber-security firms.
Intel’s interest in the car security sector is not to be ignored since the company’s CPU’s have been deployed with vehicles from Ford, Hyundai, Infiniti, Kia, and BMW.