LG and Honeywell to Develop Connected Car Cybersecurity Solution
It’s a story that’s several years old now but certainly still stands out in my mind. WIRED senior writer Andy Greenberg was introduced to two individuals who developed a tool that was capable of hacking a Jeep using nothing more than basic internet access. The video opens with a clip of Greenberg parking his car when all of a sudden his brakes stop working.
That right there was the moment I decided I wasn’t quite ready for a totally connected car. I’m perfectly content driving around in a shoddy old lemon if it means I get to maintain control over my driving experience without the threat of being hacked—at least until security measures were put in place to make it much harder to hack these things.
As it turns out, LG and Honeywell announced that they will come together to build a “unique automotive software technology and infrastructure solution” that addresses threats associated with the booming market for connected technology in vehicles. The two companies, which recently signed a memorandum of understanding regarding their plans, showed off a connected car cybersecurity solution at CES 2018 and the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
In a statement, LG and Honeywell said they are focused on the “unserved needs of the auto industry to cover the entire cybersecurity chain from individual gateway protection through threat monitoring of fleets.” The solution will integrate LG’s intrusion, detection, and protection software (IDPS) technology for vehicles and Honeywell’s IDPS solutions for internal vehicle communication and control networks—along with its security monitoring and analytics capabilities for security operation centers.
“There are more than a dozen clearly defined attack surfaces which can provide points of entry for hacking into a passenger vehicle, and the number is growing fast,” Olivier Rabiller, Honeywell Transportation Systems president and CEO, said in the statement. “We are supporting our OEM customers with our differentiated software platform to address the cybersecurity challenge inherent to connected and autonomous vehicle development. We are developing a network of partners and collaborating specifically with LGE to ease the integration work for our customers and provide a comprehensive cybersecurity solution.”
LG and Honeywell explained that the new solution will work to identify and validate software commands and data generated by the more than 100 million lines of code that govern modern vehicle operation. LG’s portion of the project focuses on “reporting anomalies” in the car’s hardware, while Honeywell’s would identify and protect the in-vehicle network traffic.
“LG Electronics has recognized the importance of automotive cybersecurity as cars are increasingly connected to external networks to provide rich services to end users,” Lee Woo-jong, president of LG’s Vehicle Components Company, said in the statement. “By integrating Honeywell’s security software with LGE’s security solutions, we expect to provide next generation cybersecurity solution that protects entire vehicle from external and internal networks as well as the [electronic control unit/telematics control], and system and application layers.”