Avoid the Automotive Cybersecurity Speed Trap

car-as-technology-hubAmong connected-car enthusiasts, manufacturers and drivers, cybersecurity is the looming speed trap. If, as Gartner Research projects, there will be a quarter of a billion cars on the road by 2020 connected with Wi-Fi hotspots and Bluetooth®, something will need to keep hackers from exploiting those connections.

Less than 20 years ago, GM’s OnStar was the first telematics technology—and customers didn’t necessarily go crazy for it. Today though, the technology has advanced to enable movies to stream to the back seats, allow onboard emergency systems to call 911 when airbags deploy, provide data to GPS systems to avoid traffic and wrong turns, schedule electric vehicles to charge at off-peak times, or deliver voice-activated calls to a phone contact list. The concern? All of this convenience moves through a connection that is a weak link.

Telemaco3P-processorsIntroducing Telemaco3P

Only a handful of semiconductor companies worldwide have a track record in both secure chips and automotive ICs and modules. Among those, STMicroelectronics has long been dedicated to smart safety and tough security. ST’s newly announced Telemaco3P processors for telematics and connectivity are the first to integrate a Hardware Security Module (HSM) solely for authenticating received messages, encrypting outgoing communications, and checking any external devices that try to connect. Sort of like a security guard for your car.


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