Irdeto joins forces with IBM to combat automotive cybersecurity threats

Via Irdeto Press Releases

Sep 12, 2017

Collaboration between Irdeto and IBM aims to provide OEMs and tier-one suppliers with ECU protection and real-time security analytics

IAA CARS, FRANKFURT, GERMANY - 12 September 2017 - Irdeto, the world leader in digital platform security, today announced they are working with IBM Security to combat automotive cyberattacks. This collaboration aims to provide OEMs and tier-one suppliers with advanced, real-time security analytics and ECU protection. Powered by Irdeto’s ECU protection solution, Cloakware™ Secure Environment, and IBM QRadar, the joint solution aims to detect and prevent attempts to tamper with or reverse engineer vehicle software. By joining forces, Irdeto and IBM aim to offer the automotive industry with the most secure and robust security technology combined with the most comprehensive big data analytics available on the market.

With the help of IBM and Irdeto, OEMs and tier-one suppliers will be able to detect and prevent attempts to tamper with or reverse engineer vehicle software on an individual ECU. Attempts to modify software on the ECU will be sent via telemetry to IBM QRadar to provide automakers with real-time analytics. IBM QRadar will then process the security data from Cloakware Secure Environment to provide a comprehensive overview in dashboard format outlining the security status of their vehicle and ECU. OEMs use this information on their fleet of vehicles to either have an automated response triggered or a manual intervention to address the attack.

A recent whitepaper by Frost & Sullivan and Irdeto found that OEMs and tier-one suppliers will invest more in the next three years on digitization and cybersecurity to mitigate attacks targeting automobiles. While this indicates that the automotive industry is aware of cyberthreats targeting automobiles, many organizations are looking for a security approach that provides them with a comprehensive view of cyberattacks targeting their fleet of automobiles.

“OEMs and tier-one suppliers know that they have a security problem,” said Daniel Thunberg, Global Head, Connected Transport, Irdeto. “However, many car manufacturers are unsure of the steps they need to take in order to implement a proper security approach to protect against cyberattacks. IBM and Irdeto are working together to help solve this challenge by providing a comprehensive cybersecurity solution that helps prevent any altering of vehicle software.”

Cloakware Secure Environment safeguards critical files, protects application data, and prevents hackers from adding malicious code, modifying executables and scripts, and reverse engineering. Cloakware Secure Environment is a component of the innovative Cloakware™ for Automotive by Irdeto solution, which enables OEMs and tier-one suppliers to protect their brand and save costs in the battle against cybercriminals by creating a secure, tamper-proof environment for vehicle software that protects against reverse engineering.

IBM and Irdeto will be demoing its unique offering for OEMs and tier-one suppliers at the International Motor Show (IAA Cars) from September 14-24 in Frankfurt, Germany.

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