ERM Advanced Telematics has created eCyber, an integrated hardware-software product that protects vehicles against ransomware and other cyber-attacks.
The eCyber, is installed between the vehicle’s external communications device and the vehicle’s CAN Bus (Controller Area Network Bus). The eCyber performs as a secure gateway for outside communications to the CAN Bus, allowing only communications with predefined and known parameters and values to go through. At the same time, it immediately blocks any unrecognized communications to and from the CAN Bus. In this way, no malicious digital communications can disrupt the functioning of the vehicle. The eCyber, which is installed in the vehicle, is a combined hardware and software solution in a single compact box.
“ERM is working closely with the automotive industry, vehicle importers and fleet managers to improve fleets, to make them more efficient, and to protect the driver and passengers, as well as the vehicle itself. This work gives the company an in-depth understanding of all the elements regarding the protection of the vehicle and its occupants as well as cyber defense,” Meir Hayman, founder and CEO of ERM Advanced Telematics said. “In the technological aspect, the advantage of eCyber solution lies in its integrated hardware and software all-in one compact box, which can be adapted to any vehicle and to almost any external interface. In the business aspect, the fact that eCyber can be installed either on the production line or at any time during the vehicle’s life cycle – including in the aftermarket, practically increases the total available market to which the company can offer this patent-protected technology. ERM’s broad worldwide deployment will help customers utilize eCyber to protect themselves against ransomware and other cyber risks.”
ERM’s eCyber can be installed in a vehicle in the aftermarket stage or by the OEM itself during the manufacturing process.
Ransomware attacks are emerging as some of the most serious cyber risks with which connected cars must withstand. During a ransomware attack on a connected car, hackers remotely connect to the car, damage or lock it, and demand that the owner pay them ransom to resume its proper operation.
The eCyber is due to be available in the 4th quarter of 2018.