Intel launches car security expert group

September 14, 2015 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Even before its birth, the Connected Car is an endangered species: Recent attacks from hackers already made clear that the connected car will be under fire from malicious contemporaries from its beginning. Intel now has announced an initiative to improve the cyber security situation in the car.

Chipmaker Intel has announced to launch a cyber security expert group with focus on automotive threat scenarios. This entity, the Automotive Security Review Board will investigate security risks related to the connected car and foster innovations aimed to counter such risks. The ASRB experts will continuously perform security tests and audits with the goal of fathoming out best practices. The group also will devise design recommendations for advanced cyber security solutions. In this context, the chipmaker has published the first version of its new Cyber Security Best Practices White Paper. This paper will be continuously updated based on the findings of the ASRB experts.

This happens against the background of an increasingly higher percentage of vehicles being connected in some or the other way. Intel quotes market research and consultancy company Gartner which estimates that by 2020, already 150 million vehicles around the globe will be connected. Gartner also expressed its belief that the transition to the connected car can only be achieved if the industry will make significant progress in cyber security. “We can and need to protect vehicles better against cyber attacks,” says Chris Young, senior vice president of Intel Security. “With the help of the ASRB, Intel can develop appropriate processes and make a contribution that protecting technologies become an elementary component in the design of every car.”

Intel, which ironically has a market share of about zero in automotive electronic systems, said it will supply state of the art automotive design platforms to the ASRB to provide a basis for the experts’ research activities. The results will be published as part of an ongoing process. To foster the ambition of the experts involved, Intel will award a car to the board member who submits the most valuable contribution. Which model and make of the car was not published.

Intel’s White Paper analyses risks regarding the next generation of connected cars and offers specific recommendations for the