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News   August 17, 2018   by Adam Malik

Continental to offer cybersecurity updates

Technology company Continental has announced end-to-end cybersecurity 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 and gateways.

With more than 60 million vehicles with connected capabilities to be sold throughout the world by 2021, cybersecurity concerns will have to be dealt with by the automotive industry.

“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,” said Wolfgang Bernhart, senior partner at consultancy firm Roland Berger.

“Just as brakes are imperative for safe driving, connected vehicles require state-of-the-art cybersecurity as a basic feature,” said Werner Koestler, head of strategy, interior division at Continental. “Therefore, we have decided to offer end-to-end cybersecurity solutions from Argus and Elektrobit in all of our connected vehicle electronics and as a standalone solution for third-party products.”

Continental, Elektrobit and Argus’ cybersecurity 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 with an end-to-end offering to secure their fleets from current and future cyber threats. To prevent possible attacks, Elektrobit said it will provide more than just consultation, but also security components for the application layer, hardware-specific security products, Autosar basic software and security solutions for bootloader.

Those components are designed for applications including secure communication, authenticated identification, secure updates and diagnostics, and are already on the road in millions of cars today.

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