Intel unveils security initiatives for connected automobiles

Intel announced the establishment of the Automotive Security Review Board and the release of a new automotive cybersecurity based white paper.
Intel announced the establishment of the Automotive Security Review Board and the release of a new automotive cybersecurity based white paper.

An Automotive Security Review Board (ASRB) established by Intel and a set of automotive cybersecurity best practices will help mitigate cybersecurity risks associated with connected automobiles, according to a Monday release.

The ASRB board will consist of security professionals from around the world with expertise in cyber physical systems who "will perform ongoing security tests and audits intended to codify best practices and design recommendations for advanced cybersecurity solutions and products to benefit the automobile industry and drivers,” the release said.

The analyst who provides the most significant and impact-filled cybersecurity contributions for Intel's automotive platform will be awarded a new car courtesy of the tech company.

Intel also released a white paper titled “Automotive Security Best Practices: Recommendations for Security and Privacy in the Era of the Next-Generation Car,” that analyzes automotive security and privacy risks, including critical attack points in vehicles. It also suggested best practices for the industry, such as creating an alert mechanism that reminds drivers to update system software.

“In the future, cars may not get a ‘Check Security' light or ‘Hack Test Rating,' but an ‘Update Software' light may well be a future reality,” the report said.

Intel will publish revisions to those practices based on ASRB findings and feedback from industry experts.

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