Navigating the Complexities of Automotive Connectivity with EB zentur

Navigating the Complexities of Automotive Connectivity with EB zentur

Navigating the Complexities of Automotive Connectivity with EB zentur


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When it comes to automotive connectivity, innovation often intersects with vulnerability. Safeguarding vehicles against cyber threats is not just a choice—it’s a commitment to the safety and privacy of everyone on the road.

The web of security challenges associated with Software Defined Vehicles (SDVs) requires sound and solid solutions. By enabling hardware-level security capabilities, EB zentur stands as the foundation on which to build automotive cybersecurity.


Navigating the complexities of connectivity

Vehicles have become more reliant on wireless communication, and the security risks amplify exponentially. If it’s connected, it runs a higher risk of being attacked. Remote hacking, malware injection, and denial-of-service attacks pose serious threats to critical components like brakes, steering, and acceleration.

The increasing complexity of modern vehicles, coupled with the convenience of over-the-air (OTA) software updates, further magnifies the challenge.


A layered approach

Layers of automotive cybersecurity provides form of protection ensuring that every connection remains a secure one:

  • External Interface Layer: Robust authentication, encryption, and firewall mechanisms ensure secure external communication, creating an impenetrable shield against potential threats. This layer serves as the first line of defense, preventing unauthorized access from external entities.
  • In-Vehicle Network Layer: Network segmentation, gateways, message authentication, encryption, and real-time monitoring combine to establish a secure and resilient network infrastructure within the vehicle.
  • Individual ECU Layer: Secure boot, regular firmware/software updates, memory protection, and the utilization of hardware-based security features provide an all-encompassing defense against potential vulnerabilities. Each Electronic Control Unit (ECU) becomes a fortress, ensuring the integrity and security of its specific functions.


EB zentur’s center of security

At the heart of EB zentur’s security lies the Hardware Security Module (HSM), an independent fortress within a microcontroller. This dedicated subsystem safeguards and manages cryptographic keys, performing encryption and decryption functions with precision.

EB zentur, crafted with a focus on physical protection, and ongoing cybersecurity maintenance, complements the robust hardware foundation.


Prioritizing security from design to deployment

Physical Protection: The HSM, existing in isolation, ensures the confidentiality of cryptographic keys, fortifying a trust in the hardware. This physical layer of protection creates an impenetrable barrier against unauthorized access.

Security by design: EB zentur’s development process places cybersecurity at the forefront, resulting in firmware secure from the start. This approach ensures security is not an afterthought but an integral part of the solution’s DNA.

Protection mechanisms: The solution employs various protective measures, including hardware trust anchor for integrity, hardware key storage for protection and hardware cryptography for faster performance. By integrating these mechanisms, EB zentur ensures the vehicle’s critical systems remain shielded from malicious attacks.

Cybersecurity maintenance: Monitoring cyber threats and evaluating events with regular cybersecurity advisories and software updates validate the commitment to long-term security and resilience.


Megatrends shaping the future of automotive connectivity

Connectivity, autonomous driving, electrification, and shared automobile models are not just trends—they are the architects of the automotive future. The Software Defined Vehicle, with connectivity at its core, emerges as the foundation of these transformative trends. In the next ten years, these trends will revolutionize how vehicles are designed and developed, bringing about an era where every vehicle is a connected vehicle.

Connected cars will reach a full 100% impact rate, requiring robust connectivity for real-time updates, remote diagnostics, and over-the-air software updates. Nearly 60% of vehicles will feature automated driving, heavily relying on software for perception, decision-making, and control.


Explore the future with EB zentur

The road ahead is secure, innovative, and powered by EB zentur—an unyielding commitment to providing a stable foundation for automotive security. Visit the EB zentur webpage for a comprehensive exploration of its features and see the latest insights from the webinar recording.


Veli Matti Lastumäki
Product Manager for EB zentur