Automotive Security Best Practices
Computer attacks are now a clear and present danger for car users, dealers, manufacturers and suppliers. Computer security joins reliability and safety as a cornerstone for consumer confidence and continued success in the automotive industry.
Each electronic control unit in a vehicle must be secured in some shape or form. As vehicles start to connect beyond the bumper, the risk increases exponentially, and the core challenge will be establishing and maintaining trust and consumer confidence.
This Intel Security white paper discusses cybersecurity best practices for the automobile. It recognizes that automotive safety is a probabilistic science, where risks are identified and measured, and components are built accordingly.
Computer security is not probablistic, because vulnerabilities in software cannot be easily predicted, many threats are intentional and malicious, and security can be a winner-take-all scenario. As a result, the paper points out, software security aims to prevent or contain all material threats, intentional or accidental, at all layers, throughout the deployed lifetime.