Comprehensive end-to-end security for connected cars

21st July 2016
Nat Bowers

Argus Cyber Security has publicly unveiled the full capabilities of its multi-layered car protection portfolio comprised of multiple suites of products and services delivering comprehensive end-to-end security for connected cars. With hundreds of millions of connected cars expected to be on the road by 2020, Argus works with the world’s largest car manufacturers, their Tier 1 suppliers, large fleet operators and aftermarket connectivity providers to meet head-on the cyber security challenges posed by ever-increasing car connectivity.

Ofer Ben-Noon, Co-Founder and CEO, Argus, commented: “A full-throttled, technologically innovative approach that combines deep cyber security knowledge with automotive best practices is critical to protecting connected cars of today and tomorrow from cyber threats. Underpinning everything we do is the belief that by taking proactive measures we can significantly reduce cyber risks and their related costs while driving the automotive cyber security industry forward. When it comes to cyber security, there is no silver bullet that can effectively protect cars against dynamic, sophisticated cyber attacks. Our customers require multi-layered protection to prepare them for virtually any scenario.”

Argus multi-layered, end-to-end protection includes:

Argus Connectivity Protection: Defends the infotainment or telematics units by preventing malware installation, detecting OS anomalies, isolating suspicious applications, and stopping attacks from spreading to the in-vehicle network. In addition, this suite secures the two-way communication channel with the outside world. Argus Connectivity Protection operates cross-platform (Linux/QNX/Android & more) to protect the car’s most vulnerable attack surfaces.

Argus In-Vehicle Network Protection: Provides in-vehicle network-wide security by detecting attacks, suspicious activity and changes in standard in-vehicle network behaviour. Deployed centrally, Argus In-Vehicle Network Protection examines all network communication and stops attacks from advancing in the network. Supporting a wide array of network protocols - CAN and CAN-FD, FlexRay, Ethernet (with SOME/IP, DoIP, etc.) and more - this suite is positioned to defend current and future vehicle architectures.

Argus ECU Protection: Reinforces select ECUs such as brakes, ADAS, or any other units deemed critical, from attacks originating inside and outside the ECU. Located on the ECU, this suite detects and prevents incoming attacks as well as neutralises malware resulting from supply chain attacks or other attack vectors. Non-intrusive and with a small footprint, this suite supports virtually any ECU.

Argus Lifespan Protection: Future-proofs the fleet with an additional layer of protection. Collects and analyses data from Argus in-vehicle solutions and other sources. Operating from the cloud or integrated into a Security Operations Centre (SOC), this suite provides OEMs and fleet managers with situational awareness of fleet cyber health on an intuitive dashboard. Argus Lifespan Protection also generates insights on new attacks and trends from big data analytics of OEM and fleet data, and provides the tools to take preemptive action.

Argus Aftermarket Protection: Delivers solutions for telematics technology providers, connectivity service providers, fleet managers, insurance companies and dongle manufacturers which protect cars from attacks exploiting their technologies and services. Argus Aftermarket Protection provides in-vehicle network protection and dongle protection to retrofit cars and commercial vehicles on the road.

Argus Automotive Cyber Security Services: Offers an additional layer of security through an array of tailored advisory services from the industry's largest and most experienced automotive cyber security research team. Working with our customers on short and long term projects, Argus helps customers integrate cyber security practices and processes into the entire product lifecycle. Our team works on and off-site to provide penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, code reviews, risk assessments, threat analyses and incident response.

“Argus solution suites are built specifically for the automotive industry by a team of experts with decades of experience in both cyber security and automotive. Argus is committed to helping our customers stay ahead of threats by delivering truly innovative solutions based on 20 pending automotive patents and the insights of Argus' dedicated automotive cyber security research team. Our award winning research team is committed to keeping up-to-date with current and future cyber threats to continually ensure that our solutions remain on the cutting edge,” said Yaron Galula, Co-Founder and CTO, Argus.

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