Geneva, New York –March 3, 2016 — WISeKey,a Swiss based cyber security company, today announces that hasmade its cyber protection technology available to all car manufacturers presenting their smart cars at the2016 Geneva Auto Show.
All new cars on the market today include wireless technologies that could pose vulnerabilities to hacking or privacy intrusions as current systems and data security remain largely unprotected. Smart cars without cybersecurity protection technology could allow hackers to gain remote access by exploiting vulnerabilities in their connected ecosystem. While the number of cars connected to the internet keeps growing quickly (to over a quarter of a billion by year 2020, as estimated by Gartner) smart car manufactures are working to identify and reduce potential hacking vulnerabilities in their vehicles.
Carlos Moreira, WISeKey’s founder and CEO, said, “As cars continue to evolve, essentially become giant computers on wheels, they are vulnerable to the very same threats and attacks as home computers, laptops and smartphones. Hackers can easily access the vehicle’s computer system, manipulate the brakes, engine, and transmission, using laptops from their living room. Our technology, is designed to secure and protect identity and avoid malicious hacking.”
WISeKey is currently deploying several large IoT Cybersecurity projects and is working with car manufacturers to apply its technology to cars to strengthen their Digital Identification of both, drivers and smart car operating system, and digitally sign and encrypt the information these cards are sending to Trusted Clouds. The concept is to allow cars to be accessible only via secure identity that can be stored on apps or wearables (see video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAyKfPOYwws).
WISeKey’s solution reduces potential security threats by:
- Embedding digital certificates, using WISeKey’s Public Key Infrastructure and OISTE’s Global Rootkey into NFC Trusted® tags, whichcan be installed and connected to existing advanced driver assistance systems and car operating systems.
- Providing a Digital Certificate to authenticate each sensor installed inside a smart car.
- Protecting driver’s personal data as smart cards cars collect massive amount of data and essentially know everything about the driver’s personal behavior and movements, which is much similar to current smartphones.
WISeKey is a leading information cybersecurity and identity Management Company, a Global growth Company partner of the World Economic Forum, providing specialized technologies for data protection, effective identification and authentication of people or objects to ensure secured communications and transactions without compromising trust.
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