Global automotive software solutions provider NNG has now worked towards cyber-security in automotive navigation devices and believes that with the connectivity in cars taking off in a big way, the threat of hacking in to the systems of the car can be dangerous and that can even happen through a smartphone connection. NNG saw the need for a solution that helps with the safety and security of the car infotainment and navigation features. The company has also acquired, Arilou, its cybersecurity offering which has now been introduced in India.
Currently, NNG provides software solutions to over 30 global automotive brands and have about 30 million vehicles equipped with its navigation softwares. Technologies such as Ford SYNC that will be introduced in India with the 2017 Ford Ecosport has been designed and developed by NNG. The company also believes that both embedded and mobile based navigation will continue to exist. With electrification taking the centre stage globally, NNG says that more work will be required on the software side to make travel per charge more efficient and quicker for users.
Prabhaker Misra, Country Manager India, NNG commented, “The navigation and infotainment industry has evolved to such a degree that everything is connected. This has left the field open for potential risks for both passengers and vehicles. With our latest service offering, we are aiming at ensuring safety and security for our passengers as a part of their existing navigation solutions.”
How does hacking work in cars and solutions provided:
One of the methods most frequently used by hackers intending to take control of a vehicle is sending unauthorized commands that the car’s system mistakenly takes as coming from an authorized Electronic Control Unit (ECU). Filtering these malicious messages is key to preventing such impersonation attacks when one of the ECUs sends messages as if it was another. Arilou’s Parallel Intrusion Prevention System (PIPS) is the first solution on the market that analyzes not only the content and context of the communication on the CAN bus between ECUs, but the source of it as well. This enables it to intercept malicious messages in real time, and in a highly effective and accurate manner.
The technology provided by NNG is unique in the market because it can accurately track the origins of the communication, thus excluding the chance of impersonation attacks claims the comany. PIPS can effectively identify these situations, and also stop the attempts, therefore neutralizing the malicious intrusion.
PIPS multilayered security approach encompasses the vehicle with four protection layers designed to hermetically isolate the vehicle from the attacker. Each protection layer acts as a gatekeeper, hence only authorized messages can be sent over the vehicle's network.
PIPS handles any type of malicious communication automatically and in real-time, keeping the driver safe and connected.
The software includes firewalling capabilities, electronic control unit authentication, real-time detection and reporting, intrusion detection and prevention system, among many other features.
Not only does the cyber security solution work on low cost hardware, but NNG also provides life-time updating capabilities for the same. NNG’s solution can work with any platform that helps in reducing the risk of expensive recall and spending money on expensive resources.