NNG Expands Operations in Automotive Cyber Security

NNG has launched its latest offering in the automotive cyber-security space. The company saw the need for a solution that helps with the safety and security of the car infotainment and navigation features and with the acquisition of Arilou, the company established its cyber security offering introduced in India.

With the connectivity in cars taking off, drivers can access a growing number of convenient services and features. However, connectivity also unlocked a new kind of threat: the malicious hacking attempts, namely breaking in to the system of the car, and taking over the controls – that can even happen through a smartphone connection.

One of the methods most frequently used by hackers intending to take control of a vehicle is sending unauthorised commands that the car’s system mistakenly takes as coming from an authorised Electronic Control Unit (ECU). Filtering these malicious messages is a key to preventing such impersonation attacks when one of the ECUs sends messages as if it was another.

Arilou’s Parallel Intrusion Prevention System (PIPS) is the first solution on the market that analyses not only the content and context of the communication on the CAN bus between ECUs, but the source of it as well. This enables it to intercept malicious messages in real time, and in a highly effective and accurate manner.

The technology is unique in the market because it can accurately track the origins of the communication, thus excluding the chance of impersonation attacks. PIPS can effectively identify these situations, and also stop the attempts, therefore neutralising the malicious intrusion. The software includes firewalling capabilities, electronic control unit authentication, real-time detection and reporting, intrusion detection and prevention system, among many other features.

Not only does the cyber security solution work on low cost hardware, but NNG also provides life-time updating capabilities for the same. NNG’s solution can work with any platform that helps in reducing the risk of expensive recall and spending money on expensive resources.

Commenting on the launch, Prabhaker Misra, Country Manager India, NNG said, “The navigation and infotainment industry has evolved to such a degree that everything is connected. This has left the field open for potential risks for both passengers and vehicles. With our latest service offering, we are aiming at ensuring safety and security for our passengers as a part of their existing navigation solutions.”

Author: Anwesh Koley