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Kaspersky & AVL Software and Functions Sign Cooperation on Development for Automotive Cybersecurity

Kaspersky & AVL Software and Functions Sign Cooperation on Development for Automotive Cybersecurity

A steadily increasing number of vehicle features – such as remote diagnostics, telematics and infotainment – are using communication channels between vehicles and the cloud or other infrastructure. While the data exchange from, and to the car, provides many new technological opportunities, these channels are also increasingly turning into cyberattack targets. The growing risk of a vehicle being attacked, violating its safety, privacy and financial values, requires methodical, organizational and technical measures to ensure the protection of all vehicle features.


To meet the cybersecurity challenges of next generation automotive system development, Kaspersky Lab and AVL Software and Functions GmbH will work together to develop advanced, embedded security technologies through a collaborative and comprehensive partnership approach.


Dr. Georg Schwab, MD of AVL Software and Functions GmbH and Mr. Alex Moiseev, chief sales officer of Kaspersky Lab signed the cooperation agreement in Regensburg, Germany on June 1, 2017. The agreement involves the following:


*        Joint-development of a software solution, which will guarantee interference-proof secure communication between car components, the car, and its external connected infrastructure


*        Building a bridge between embedded automotive development and best cybersecurity practices and technologies


*        Bundling security products with engineered car components, and the promotion of comprehensive security solutions for the car manufacturing industry


*        Building a training and coaching portfolio for automotive security


*        Consequent extension of business, via a seamless and comprehensive portfolio, to provide security and safety for the connected and autonomous cars of the future.


One of the key objectives is to create a reliable and flexible software platform that will allow car manufacturers to develop and implement a Secure Communication Unit (SCU or Car Gateway) into their cars, using hardware and additional software components that align with their manufacturing plans. Once developed, the proof-of-concept SCU solution will be tested via security-related verification and validation methods. This comprehensive development package will not only produce the technical deliverables needed in the industry, but will also develop new concepts for making car software secure by design.


Kaspersky Lab and its technology partner AVL Software and Functions GmbH will present their exemplary secure communication platform at New Mobility World / IAA 2017 in Frankfurt, Germany from September 12-17, 2017.


“Kaspersky Lab automotive security experts have been monitoring connected car vulnerabilities and their rapidly increasing cybersecurity attack-surface for many years,” said Alex Moiseev, chief sales officer, Kaspersky Lab. “They believe that the only way to secure the entire connected car ecosystem is through close collaboration between cybersecurity experts and our counterparts in the automotive industry. Our partnership with AVL Software and Functions GmbH marks an important milestone for our journey – starting with in-vehicle security and extending to vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications.”


“AVL as an Automotive Company encountered the importance of safe, reliable and secure communication channels between the car and its environment,” states Georg Schwab, managing director of AVL Software and Functions GmbH. “To approach the concepts and implementation of security solutions in a comprehensive way and to become the leading partner in vehicle cybersecurity, AVL focused on the cooperation with Kaspersky Lab as a very experienced cybersecurity company.”


About AVL


AVL is the world’s largest independent company for the development, simulation and testing technology of powertrains (hybrid, combustion engines, transmission, electric drive, batteries and software) for passenger cars, trucks and large engines. AVL has more than 8,600 employees all over the world. In 2016, sales revenues reached EUR 1.4 billion.


About Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab is a global cybersecurity company celebrating its 20 year anniversary in 2017. Kaspersky Lab’s deep threat intelligence and security expertise is constantly transforming into security solutions and services to protect businesses, critical infrastructure, governments and consumers around the globe. The company’s comprehensive security portfolio includes leading endpoint protection and a number of specialized security solutions and services to fight sophisticated and evolving digital threats. Over 400 million users are protected by Kaspersky Lab technologies and we help 270,000 corporate clients protect what matters most to them.


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