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Kaspersky steps in to protect automotive industry from cyber threats

By Catherine Knowles
Fri 22 Jan 2021
FYI, this story is more than a year old

Kaspersky has launched its tailored threat intelligence (TI) reporting for the automotive industry.

The company’s TI report, previously available for a selected range of customers, is able to provide car manufacturers with in-depth analysis of industry-specific security threats and identify information that could be utilised by malefactors to develop attacks on vehicles, connected vehicle infrastructure and other vehicle-related systems.

Numerous cases show the interest in automotive security, Kaspersky states.

From independent researchers and enthusiasts to cyber criminals, the focus has moved on from the security of embedded devices and more attention is now being paid to the security of vehicles.

This has resulted in a growing number of attack techniques and the introduction of new regulatory requirements that manufacturers must follow in order to stay protected against them, the company states.

Kaspersky’s Automotive TI service helps organisations, from vehicle manufacturers to suppliers, to stay updated on relevant security issues that may influence the automotive industry and allows them to take appropriate remediation steps in a timely manner.

This tailored service is designed to identify existing and emerging automotive-related threats against in-vehicle components as well as connected vehicle infrastructure.

Each report includes an overview and analysis of technological trends related to cyber attacks in the automotive industry, such as cyber incidents, recent security studies, conferences, talks, community forums, as well as information on potential attack vectors on the customer’s vehicle backend and services infrastructure.

The main service deliverables are the report with a high-level executive summary, threat descriptions and recommendations, as well as notifications on high-risk activities and vulnerabilities tailored for the OEM.

If the TI report finds a threat that needs to be resolved urgently, customers are notified immediately.

Kaspersky head of transportation system security Sergey Zorin says, “With the growing number of technologies being used in modern vehicles, it is important to not only comply with the upcoming regulatory requirements but to also have information about all possible threats - from electronic control unit vulnerabilities to attacks on vehicle-to-everything components.

"By providing relevant threat intelligence, we do our part in helping car manufacturers manage these concerns.”

Zorin says, “Thanks to Kaspersky’s tailored TI reporting, organisations are not only given information about the latest cyber threats but they also receive specific details about how such threats could impact them.

"We continuously work to enhance our TI service so manufacturers have enough time to mitigate any potential risks that may harm their customers or manipulate their technology.”

Kaspersky offers a comprehensive security portfolio with endpoint protection and a number of specialised security solutions and services to fight sophisticated and evolving digital threats.

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