Argus Expands Connected Car Collaboration

Argus Cyber Security, which specializes in automotive security, has expanded its collaboration footprint to advance the adoption of cybersecurity in connected and autonomous cars.

A partnership with Elektrobit (EB) will focus on the safety and cybersecurity of automotive electronic control units (ECUs), which are the embedded systems that control a vehicle’s core functions. And, the Argus Connectivity Protection suite has been combined with the highly-integrated Qualcomm Snapdragon 820A processor.

Events over the past year have highlighted a growing concern regarding the vulnerability of connected vehicles to cyber-attacks, and leading industry organizations have issued guidelines and best practices for automotive cybersecurity, all encouraging the automotive industry to be aggressive. New standards—including ISO 27034-1 for the development of secure cloud applications and the planned expansion of the AUTOSAR standard with the definition of additional aspects of secure communication—also illustrate the increasing significance of cloud security in the industry.

The EB solution integrates Argus’ AUTOSAR-compliant Argus Intrusion Detection and Prevention Solution (IDPS), which detects and prevents cyberattacks in vehicles, and EB software and tools for developing secure ECUs based on the AUTOSAR standard.

“Just like computer systems, today’s cars are networked with the internet and external services. As the level of networking increases, so does the risk of unauthorized access, which is significantly challenging the automotive electronics sector,” said Martin Schleicher, executive vice president strategy and partnerships at Elektrobit. “By joining forces, Argus and EB are making it easier for car manufacturers to take a proactive approach to cybersecurity.”

“Collaborating with EB, a leading global supplier of AUTOSAR-compliant software and integration tools, will help the automotive industry embed cyber security into every layer of their software solutions,” said Yoni Heilbronn, vice president marketing at Argus Cyber Security. “The integrated Argus-Elektrobit solution will enable carmakers and their suppliers to adapt quickly to growing demand for cyber security solutions."

The Argus Connectivity Protection suite meanwhile is designed to help detect and prevent advanced cyber-attacks from penetrating and compromising vehicular infotainment and telematics units. The combined Argus and Qualcomm Technologies solution will guard against code execution vulnerabilities and other exploits.

“Argus’ decision to include our Snapdragon 820A processor into its Connectivity Protection suite is a natural fit,” said Nakul Duggal, vice president of product management, Qualcomm Technologies. “Securing connected components from potential intrusions is paramount, and we look forward to having the Snapdragon 820A processor play a key role in making that goal a reality.”

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