World News – US – Kaspersky goes to depth to secure Australia’s driverless future – TechAU


The world is heading towards a future where humans no longer need to drive Over the next few years, vehicles will become more and more automated and, eventually, Australians will no longer have to any need to drive a car

In the automotive industry, there are a number of approaches to achieving this result. Companies like Waymo, GM and Argo (investments from Ford and Volkswagen) all use a technology stack that relies on a LIDAR mapping of the environment and HD maps Others like Tesla and Commai The IA uses computer vision (AI) powered by cameras, radars and ultrasonic sensors

The autonomy space is still incredibly new, with legislation racing to catch up with the rapid developments of car manufacturers

It is almost unimportant how autonomy is achieved, it has to be safe With the potential to be much safer than humans, it is just as important that our road and traffic authorities create landmarks that car manufacturers must adhere to, in order to determine how safe vehicles are

Most cars are now fitted with electronic control units to control vehicle movements, while also containing infotainment systems with online connectivity and more recently even digital keys

This year, a report from Wired showed that encryption flaws in an anti-theft feature meant hackers could clone millions of car keys for cars There are other articles regarding the security of autonomous vehicles, some ranging from weird marginal cases to absolute showcases, it is important to distinguish between the business and the impacted product and autonomous vehicles as an industry

Think about the Samsung Note issue By the time the phone caught fire, we all had phones in our pockets, but we didn’t panic because they were made differently, from a different team, to different specs with different tests, so it wouldn’t be fair to paint all the phones manufacturers with the same brush The same is true with autonomy

There is no debate, the amount of data stored by the auto industry is increasing Traditional car purchases were one-time transactions, you paid the money, you got the keys and you got drives your new car out of the dealership, then paid for as needed, for service throughout the life of the vehicle

Now we have a very different relationship with the supplier of our vehicle More and more it comes directly from the car manufacturer where we enter our details to buy the car online Once the connected vehicle arrives we can buy vehicle upgrades and pay for recharging, all through an app on your phone.This usually means that the automaker will store personal information such as name, phone number, address and credit card details, as well that the protection of your username and password which could also give you access to your car

These details are key targets for hackers, as evidenced by this year’s ransomware attack on Australian car auction company Manheim Auctions, which demanded the company to pay $ 30 million to access his files Toyota Australia’s computer system was also attacked by cybercriminals in 2019

Security firm Kaspersky has looked at several apps that control cars from various manufacturers for different reasons These apps have been shown to be vulnerable to attack in one way or another

« A car requires an approach to security that is no less meticulous than that of a bank account. Automakers and developers are rapidly filling the market with apps packed with new features to make quality changes in life to car owners It is important that the manufacturer and developer think about the safety issues and the safety of their infrastructure « 

It seems that security can often become a lower priority in some organizations, with poor security practices fairly common In one example, the mobile app stored an account’s credentials in plain text, which means that if the phone was infected with a trojan it would be easy to access that user’s account

Transportation is a massive industry with big budgets, making it a constant target of increasingly sophisticated attacks Manufacturers have complex production lines and high levels of automation combined with precision techniques , test data and thousands of employees This means that security is a real challenge for these organizations and certainly not their core competency

While most of us think of Kaspersky as the supplier of security products to the corporate and consumer world, they look at the automotive industry

3 years ago, Kaspersky established a transportation unit and worked closely with key players in the autonomous vehicle space to ensure that threats and security risks are addressed from the start. departure

The company even has software technologies such as Kaspersky Automotive Adaptive Platform, Kaspersky Security for ECUs and the secure communication unit running KasperskyOS

« The latest WP UNECE29 regulation will change the automotive industry to think about placing cybersecurity at the forefront of their designs and innovations

Policymakers will now need to think about cybersecurity early on when deciding to incorporate new layers of emerging technologies into transport systems « 

Kaspersky has a long-standing relationship with the Ferrari Formula 1 team The intense competition in the category requires massive and continuous investments in innovation and requires new parts and IPs to be developed and delivered safely to the racetrack Given the sensitive nature of data from racing and vehicle development, cybersecurity is a key focus for Ferrari and this is where Kaspersky helps

Vicky Piria is famous for her races in the W Series, an all-female single-seater racing championship. Piria is also a Kaspersky Ambassador and also works with the FCA Group where she is involved in the test drives

« When I test cars on the road, besides driving with an intuitive feel, it’s also based on something I can see For example, technology helps identify and develop traction control

Here I can see a security system of a car that doesn’t work Kaspersky and Ferrari: creating cyber immunity for a world class brand due to failed traction control However, at the same time, the only way to understand the problem and solve it is ultimately to drive the car »

As we walk, or run towards an electric and autonomous future, it is important to prepare ourselves, to prepare our activities and in particular the expectations of the vehicles we drive and in which we will ultimately ride

1) Go back to cyber base 101 Software and services in 2020 are almost all connected to the Internet It is important that you use a strong and complex password and that you do not give the credentials to anyone from other, or that you use the same information for your vehicle account, with no other account

2) Car sharing apps Don’t put your main credit card information in your car sharing apps Instead, use a separate card for transactions when taking car shares or other types of public transport

3) Enable multi-factor authentication Chances are you are already using multi-factor authentication with some of your accounts for banking, email, etc., and whenever possible it’s a great idea to enable multi-factor authentication.This means that access to your account is not just protected by a username and password which can be guessed by brute force attack or found via malware and unencrypted details

Where MFA differs is that it also verifies that authentication (logging into an app or website) is done by you, sending you a unique code This can take the form of a SMS, but a safer technique is to configure an authenticator app like Google Authenticator or Microsoft Authenticator, available free for Android and iOS Without access to your device, the username and password are not enough to access your personal data

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