10 Jan 19

HARMAN and Cybellum manage cybersecurity vulnerabilities in automotive

At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, technology company HARMAN International, part of Samsung, focused on connected technologies for automotive, consumer and enterprise markets, announced that it is expanding its Over-the-Air (OTA) offering to allow OEMs to tackle the growing security complexity of their software supply chain’s components.

When developing and assembling new cars, manufacturers integrate third-party software and hardware running code into their vehicles, which cannot always be exhaustively tested and validated. This could introduce security vulnerabilities to which they have little visibility or opportunity to control.

HARMAN Remote Vehicle Updating Service (OTA) uses its so called Smart Delta technology with a new cybersecurity add-on, so their OEM customers can gain deep visibility into potential component-level vulnerabilities in their managed repositories of software binaries.

HARMAN’s Remote Vehicle Updating Service has been selected by 23 OEMs, managing more than 30 million connected vehicles, a number that is believed to grow to no less than 300 million connected vehicles in the coming years. The cybersecurity add-on allows automated scanning for cybersecurity vulnerabilities, provides a cybersecurity “risk score”, and supports campaign initiation decisions. It can assess the risk and impact of zero-day vulnerabilities and shorten response time for OEMs from identification to full recovery. 

The solution combines the capabilities of HARMAN OTA solution, with the vulnerability detection solution of partner Cybellum, an automotive cybersecurity company that helps automotive companies to manage the security of all the components received via the supply chain, and monitor their risk throughout their lifecycle.

Photo: Cybellum

Authored by: Stijn Blanckaert