Infotainment and Telematics units gets more Secured

Argus Cyber Security and STMicroelectronics have come together to serve customers better with enhanced cyber security of connected automotive technologies. As telematics and infotainment units become increasingly complex to support high-value connected services, they become more vulnerable to cyber-attacks.

The duo efforts will go into detecting and blocking attacks on vehicle telematics units in real-time and prevent them from proliferating to the in-vehicle network.

Besides integrating Argus Connectivity Protection with ST’s Telemaco3P automotive microprocessor, the joint solution with Argus Lifespan Protection provides automakers with: situational awareness of the cyber health of their fleets on the road. The integrated offering provides a critical piece in a multi-layered approach to cyber defense, helping automakers secure vehicles and ensuring the safety of drivers and the public.

Besides enhancing connected automotive technologies, the other benefits of the joint solution include insights into emerging threats through big data analytics, and the ability to mitigate new threats through security updates over-the-air and enhance the secure deployment of remote services (applications, SW updates).

The Telemaco3P solution with Argus Connectivity and Lifespan Protection and its cross-platform operating system capabilities (compatible with Linux, QNX, Android and more) is on display during CES 2018.

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D-Link and Afero partner to offer secured IoT in Brazil

D-Link, has announced an international partnership with Afero, a company that has developed a cloud-based Internet of Things (IoT) platform. D-Link, a provider of communication network products for residential and business use sees Afero’s platform promising enough to help improved security. The company selected Afero’s IoT platform to offer the market a new class of smart and secure products.

Afero’s IoT platform covers edge-device connectivity, mobile hubs, cloud integration, and automated development and deployment. The solution enables companies to create and manage the life cycle of their smart products, so that they can focus on their core businesses.

The partnership brings best of both the giants. The D-Link Smart Water Sensor system leverages the Afero IoT platform for reliability and ease of use, where Afero provides a scalable, cloud-based platform for a variety of solutions.

D-Link operates subsidiaries throughout more than 90 countries. It was established in Brazil in 2001, with connectivity solutions aimed at broadening the network-access experience and supplying Wi-Fi equipment, routers, cloud cameras and solutions for connecting physical spaces. “We are thrilled that D-Link has partnered with us to combine our technological innovation with its trusted brand that will enable customers to quickly deploy devices and deploy rich IoT solutions quickly and easily,” says Joe Britt, Afero’s CEO.

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Dual offerings for Secured Communication from Microchip

Keeping in mind the losses incurred from remote cyber-attacks and counterfeit products, Microchip Technology has announced dual offerings. The new ATECC608A CryptoAuthentication device is a secure element that allows developers to add hardware-based security to their designs. The newly announced Security Design Partner Program for connecting developers can enhance and expedite secure designs.

Security is essential for today’s connected applications, especially for those spanning from hardware to the cloud,” said Nuri Dagdeviren, vice president, Microchip’s Secure Products Group. “This is why Microchip offers both proven hardware security solutions and an unprecedented level of partnership with leading cloud providers. This gives our customers all the building blocks to create secure solutions that protect their IP, brand value and revenue streams.”

In addition to providing hardware security solutions, customers have access to Microchip’s Security Design Partner Program. These industry-leading companies, including Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud Platform, provide complementary cloud-driven security models and infrastructure. Other partners are well-versed in implementing Microchip’s security devices and libraries. Whether designers are looking to secure an Internet of Things (IoT) application or add authentication capabilities for consumables, such as cartridges, or accessories, the expertise of the Security Design Partners can reduce both development cost and time to market.  Read more…

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Can healthcare be secured?

A few weeks ago I wrote about the challenges facing the healthcare industry ahead of a new report out from a group that was created to figure out what challenges the growth of internet connected devices will have on healthcare. The report, written by the Health Care Industry Cybersecurity (HCIC) Task Force, is sobering reading. The report deals with all aspects of healthcare delivery, from the companies like GE and Philips that manufacture equipment that isn’t supported with security updates to the FDA which oversees the regulation of medical devices.

No one comes out looking good. Hospitals added connected devices without thinking through the consequences and now have little understanding of what they own and what might be vulnerable. Nor do they have the budget or expertise to fix it. Government funding formulas helped incentivize hospitals to buy connected products without thinking through the security of those devices and equipment makers put devices on the market with no thought to security and now refuse to keep them updated. Stuck in the middle are a few hospital CISOs and patients who are seeing their data hacked and appointments canceled as hackers target the medical wards for financial rewards. The worst news is that this problem meets up with a buying cycle that means insecure equipment will still be in the hospitals 15 years from now.

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