Toyota joins embedded security effort

March 16, 2012 // By Rick Merritt
Toyota Motor Corp., joined the Trusted Computing Group to help drive future security standard as part of a new embedded initiative.

The Trusted Computing Group has created a handful of standards for hardware-backed security on computers, hard drives and networks already used in some embedded systems. It formed its embedded working group last September to look deeper into specific scenarios in machine-to-machine communications broadly in the emerging Internet of Things field, including automotive.

The new group aims to define embedded-specific standards by the end of 2013. Infineon is co-chair of the group that includes members from Fujitsu, Ricoh, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony as well as Toyota.

“Currently Toyota is the only car maker [in the group], but we hope other car manufactures will join TCG in near future,” said Seigo Kotani, a TCG board member and co-chair of the embedded group.

Car makers could use TCG techniques to secure remote maintenance tasks, such as software updates, the group said. Stacy Cannady, a veteran member of TCG, will present a session on embedded security at the Design West conference.