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Sectigo releases embedded firewall to protect automotive systems

Published: 19 December 2019 - Christian Lynn

By 2022, more than two-thirds of new cars on American roads will have online connections to their safety-critical system, putting them at risk of deadly hacks to vehicles’ “head” system, used primarily for infotainment, GPS navigation, and other features. To better protect vehicles from cyberattacks, Sectigo today released the Sectigo Embedded Firewall for Automotive.

Part of the Sectigo IoT Identity Platform, the new product was developed specifically for transportation security. To speed adoption and security across the automotive supply chain, Mentor, a Siemens business, has integrated the Sectigo Embedded Firewall for Automotive with its popular AUTOSAR platform.

“It is imperative that we offer solutions that help our customers, including ECU suppliers and transportation OEMs, to protect cars and fleets from network-based cyberattacks,” said Mathias Fritzson, VSTAR product manager at Mentor. “Through product integration with Sectigo, our customers will be able to easily add critical security capabilities to their devices. A global tier-one automotive ECU supplier is one of the early adopters of our Sectigo-enabled AUTOSAR platform, indicating the urgency for embedded security.”  

“Sectigo’s Embedded Firewall enables automotive ECU suppliers to enforce filtering rules, perform anomaly detection, and identify traffic variances to prevent cyberattacks. This unique functionality maximises driver safety and helps prevent the loss of intellectual property, disruption of services, and proliferation of an attack to other systems,” explained Alan Grau, VP of IoT/Embedded Solutions, Sectigo. “With integration of our embedded firewall into its AUTOSAR platform, Mentor is expanding distribution, integration, and access to critical cybersecurity technology to its base of automotive ECU customers across the industry.”

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