Continental is offering end-to-end cyber security and over-the-air software update solutions from Argus Cyber Security (Argus) and Elektrobit (EB) pre-integrated into its connected vehicle electronics products including telematics units, infotainment systems, gateways and more.
“More than 60 million connected vehicles will be sold worldwide per year by 2021,”said Wolfgang Bernhart, senior partner at the consultancy Roland Berger. “Automobile connectivity will allow for additional functions between model upgrades or even during a vehicle’s life cycle. That means that the automotive industry will have to deal with serious cyber security issues in order to guarantee people’s safety in a strongly automated traffic scenario. And time is short as the share of connected vehicles is increasing rapidly all over the world, making cars the next big target for cyber attacks after mobile devices.”
“Just as brakes are imperative for safe driving, connected vehicles require state-of-the-art cyber security as a basic feature. Therefore, we have decided to offer end-to-end cyber security solutions from Argus and Elektrobit in all of our connected vehicle electronics and as a standalone solution for third party products,” said Werner Koestler, head of strategy of the interior division at Continental.
Continental, Elektrobit and Argus’ cyber security philosophy is based on three critical pillars: enabling OEMs to prevent, understand and respond to cyber threats. Continental will now offer solutions from Elektrobit and Argus, providing vehicle manufacturers an end-to-end offering to secure their fleets from current and future cyber threats. To prevent possible attacks, EB not only provides consultation, but also offers security components for the application layer, hardware-specific security products, AUTOSAR basic software and security solutions for bootloader.
“Our multi-layered approach is an end-to-end offering for automotive cyber security, from the development of new products and ongoing monitoring, to the ability to resolve vulnerabilities via over-the-air updates to immunize the fleet from further attacks,” Koestler explained.