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Telecom, auto industries need to collaborate on cybersecurity

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 06:00
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Comprehensive security

Because of the large number of companies involved in providing in-vehicle technology systems – OEMs, suppliers, component manufacturers, third-party tech firms, etc. – having security established at a very high level will be important. That means wireless carriers will play an important role in securing access to vehicle systems.

“There needs to be end-to-end security, which means everything from the server that the application resides on remotely into the network, through devices, and into the vehicle,” Gage says. “OEMs have a responsibility to work with their suppliers to be sure there is an integrated security solution.”

"Connected vehicle security requires an ecosystem of end-to-end players to address security threats. Telecommunications carriers play a critical role. But we can't do it alone. This white paper shows how our industry and automobile manufacturers can work together to provide the most secure solutions possible for connected vehicles," adds Cameron Coursey, vice president, Internet of Things Solutions, AT&T.

This collaborative strategy will require what ATIS calls a Connected Vehicle Security Framework that takes an end-to-end approach. This would encompass the connected vehicle domain, network domain and cloud domain (back-end systems). Security models must also be able to be updated and flexible. Systems should be able to receive over the air updates to address new security threats as they emerge.

Among the approaches and best practices ATIS recommends:

• Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) that can provide secure dedicated transmission capabilities, and ensure that all traffic is encrypted end to end.

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