Aug 19, 2013

IT security specialist has developed pioneering security technology

Worms, 19th August 2013. KOBIL Systems, the manufacturer and trend-setting market leader for innovative technologies in the secure data and digital identity segment, has developed software that is able to secure sensitive virtual data transfers. This allows control computers, which all new cars now contain, to be secured against external manipulation.

At the Defcon hacker conference in Las Vegas, two hackers proved that it is possible to put together a set that can read and then manipulate cars’ firmware for just 20 dollars. The protection installed by the manufacturer was circumvented in a matter of seconds, after which almost all of the car’s capabilities could be manipulated – brakes, steering, and even the air conditioning and airbag. It is also conceivable that this manipulation could be done via Wi-Fi and a smartphone.

With its Application Security Technology (AST), KOBIL offers a technology that ensures that the entire communication channel between the vehicle and the automotive manufacturer is protected against external access. To do this, KOBIL uses point-to-point encryption, exploiting PKI technology developed in house. AST even registers and prevents physical manipulation on the on-board computer or the replacement of the computer unit, and reports it to the automotive manufacturer immediately as a potential risk. In future, cars will rely more on networked and automated communications (M2M) that are conducted via the Internet and are thus a potential target for hacker attacks. There is therefore more demand than ever before for the automotive industry to offer effective technologies to protect car drivers.

The security and effectiveness of the Application Security Technology has been verified by universities including TU Darmstadt and the University of Mannheim, as well as security audits. In addition, KOBIL has had the security quality of the technology tested by the Fraunhofer Institute in a voluntary penetration test.

With over 27 years of experience in the IT security sector, KOBIL is the ideal partner to support the automotive sector with expertise and the right solutions.