Automotive Software Security for the Connected Car

Make security a driving force in your development process

Drivers are becoming increasingly sensitive to the issues of data protection and privacy issues. As automobiles become more connected, manufacturers cannot afford to be complacent when it comes to software and application security. Our goal is to help you deliver a sustained software security initiative that provides continuous and comprehensive security risk identification and mitigation.

Connected capabilities = attack vectors

Every feature of connected convenience you offer your customers uses software, which creates an additional entry way for malicious hackers. Some examples include:

  • Connected sensors for proactive maintenance, fuel efficiencies, and safety status
  • Wireless access points for online entertainment, mapping and dynamic re-routing, and fuel efficiencies
  • Remote keyless entry and remote start functionality to assist in driver convenience and comfort
  • GPS applications for finding parking spaces, navigation, and fuel economy

A comprehensive approach

Every feature of connected convenience you offer your customers uses software, which creates an additional entry way for malicious hackers. Some examples include:

  • Connected sensors for proactive maintenance, fuel efficiencies, and safety status
  • Wireless access points for online entertainment, mapping and dynamic re-routing, and fuel efficiencies
  • Remote keyless entry and remote start functionality to assist in driver convenience and comfort
  • GPS applications for finding parking spaces, navigation, and fuel economy

Is your security strategy as “smart” as your cars?

A comprehensive approach

Every feature of connected convenience you offer your customers uses software, which creates an additional entry way for malicious hackers. Some examples include:

  • Architecture and Design. We perform a design-level analysis using Threat Modeling and Architecture Risk Analysis to identify security flaws and common attack patterns.
  • Static Application Security Testing (SAST). We implement secure code review using a combination of automated and manual approaches.
  • Program Design and Development. We help build a strong foundation for your software security which includes technology assurance governance and processes.
  • Software Security Training. Our security experts train your developers how to code securely.

An end-to-end solution

As cars become more and more connected, hackers are more likely to target auto apps. We help our clients build software securely from the start.: 

  1. Gap analysis/remediation planning
    We review your existing software security process and the results of previous assessments to understand the current state of your cyber security program across people, process, and technology dimensions, and identify where gaps exist against defined best practices.
  2. Remediation plan execution
    We mitigate your people, process, and technology risks by executing the remediation plan customized for your company. For example, this may include:
    • Security testing in QA and production
    • Deployment/maintenance scenarios
    • Environment security including physical premises, personnel (e.g. vulnerability to social engineering), and IT infrastructure (e.g. network & wireless security)
    • Coordination with key organizational capabilities including QA, information security, legal, and compliance
    • Security awareness training
  3. Ongoing program execution
    You’ll continually execute and enhance your cyber security program activities to maintain a security posture at a level where your organization’s risks are within defined tolerance levels. This will involve continuing some of the activities started during remediation plan execution phase and include an ongoing program to manage cyber risks related to third-party products and services. This phase enables proper risk management, as well as cost-effective compliance with existing and upcoming cyber-security regulations.

44% of consumers feel that the vehicle manufacturer is responsible for securing a vehicle from hacking.

—Braking the Connected Car: The Future of Vehicle Vulnerabilities, RSA

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