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Intel Forming Auto Cybersecurity Board

September 21, 2015

Intel Corp. is establishing a new Automotive Security Review Board to help mitigate cybersecurity risks in connected vehicles, the company said.

The board will include leading cybersecurity experts from around the world, according to Intel.

“The ASRB researchers will perform ongoing security tests and audits intended to codify best practices and design recommendations for advanced cybersecurity solutions and products to benefit the automobile industry and drivers,” Intel said in a released statement.

The company also published the first version of its automotive cybersecurity best practices, a white paper Intel will continue to update based on the board’s findings.

The paper notes the need to resolve several security and privacy issues for the success of the next generation of cars:

  • Protecting every electronic control unit (ECU), even for tiny sensors
  • Protecting functions that require multi-ECU interactions and data exchange
  • Protecting data in/out of vehicular systems
  • Protecting privacy of personal information
  • Integrating safety, security and usability goals
  • Dealing with the full lifecycle of vehicular and transportation systems.

Gartner predicts that by 2020, the number of connected passenger vehicles on the road in use will be about 150 million, and that 60-75 percent of them will be capable of consuming, creating and sharing Web-based data.

But many view cybersecurity vulnerability as a major hurdle to public confidence and eventual widespread deployment of connected vehicles.

“We can, and must, raise the bar against cyberattacks in automobiles,” said Chris Young, senior vice president and general manager of Intel Security. “With the help of the ASRB, Intel can establish security best practices and encourage that cybersecurity is an essential ingredient in the design of every connected car. Few things are more personal than our safety while on the road, making the ASRB the right idea at the right time."

Intel will provide the ASRB with its automotive advanced development platforms on which to conduct research. Findings will then be published publicly as part of an ongoing process, Intel said. To motivate the ASRB researchers, Intel will award a new car to the member who provides the “most significant and impactful cybersecurity contribution that can be implemented on Intel's automotive platform.”

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