Under the hood - the automotive challenge

Friday 5 October 14:00 - 14:30, Red room

Inbar Raz (Argus Cyber Security)

In an average five-year-old car, there are about 30 different computers on board. In an average new car, there are double that number, and in some cases up to 100. That's a network the size of what a SMB would have, only there's no CIO/CISO, and not even a part-time IT guy. We have no idea what's going on under the hood. To add to the complexity, there are between two and five different bus types in an average modern car. With different protocols and even different wiring, a modern car's network diagram is a CISO's nightmare.

There are many challenges in the automotive domain. From strict development regulations, through very long development cycles, to very little security by design - working in this domain is challenging, to say the least. But unlike almost anywhere else, this time the defence might actually have a fighting chance.

In this talk, we will share our experience in the automotive domain. We will explain the complexity of the playing field, share examples of the problems we've encountered, and talk about the challenges involved.

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