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As connected vehicles become more popular, the cybersecurity risks rise – and Intel wants to fix that. Announced on Sunday, the company has established the Automotive Security Review Board (ASRB). The board will draw on the expertise of security industry professionals around the world, and will focus on cyber-physical systems.
The board's researchers will conduct security tests and audits to determine the best ways to create strong cybersecurity networks, something that will benefit both the people making and driving the vehicles. Intel also published its first best practices manual which will be updated as ASRB continues its research.
Chris Young, senior vice president and general manager of Intel Security, said that with the creation of ASRB, Intel hopes to set some general standards and guidelines for designers of connected cars.
And, according to numbers from the Gartner research group, it's about time: The number of connected passenger vehicles on the road will be about 150 million by 2020, with the majority of them able to consume, create and share Web-based information.
Recently, Fiat Chrysler was in the news after scary vulnerabilities were found within some of its SUVs. The exact issue was that a hacker could remotely access the Uconnect car system and possibly take control of the engine. Stories like this are exactly why Intel is getting to work on security in connected vehicles.
The ASRB will have access to Intel's automotive advanced development platform to conduct their research, and findings will be published incrementally. As a reward and motivator, Intel is offering a new car (or cash equivalent) to the researcher who "provides the most significant and impactful cybersecurity contribution that can be implemented on Intel's automotive platform."
So, the race is on to get security issues under control before we're all driving connected vehicles.