ACCESS Co., Ltd. and Irdeto are partnering to safeguard in-car data and services. The partnership will leverage expertise in building secure environments for in-car services, including the protection of infotainment content delivered to the vehicle, network communications, and endpoints in the connected vehicle ecosystem, such as telematics ECUs, the in-vehicle entertainment system, and V2I roadside units.

“Today, we can build many services using in-car Wi-Fi and connected devices within the vehicle. One of the hottest areas is enhancing the entertainment experience to offer the same services we have at home, adjusted for each journey. To do so, we need to offer the same content we have at home—from Hollywood blockbusters to independent documentaries and games. All of this content is copyrighted and needs to be fully protected. Our partnership with Irdeto enables us to confidently solve this challenge, especially for high-value content such as live sports and premium video offerings,” said Dr. Neale Foster, CEO at ACCESS Europe.

Irdeto’s approach to securing connected vehicles is designed to protect electronic control units (ECUs); peripherals including IVI systems; software including initialization, applications, and all associated data; in-vehicle networks including CAN bus, ethernet, and future bus architectures; and connectivity, including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, V2X, and others. In addition, Irdeto has introduced machine-learning-based technology that detects abnormal vehicle behavior that could result from the exploitation of an unknown (zero-day) vulnerability.

Niels Haverkorn, General Manager of Connected Transport at Irdeto, added, “Now that consumers have access to more services in the car, the threats of potential data theft are very real. Today, we are partnering with ACCESS to create a complete and secure ecosystem, which means that V2X communications can be secured so data transmitted from one device to the next cannot be intercepted and tampered with. Without these measures, secure communication channels could be used by attackers to send malicious information into the ecosystem, with potentially damaging results for the driver and passengers.”

ACCESS works with Tier 1s, studios, broadcasters, content rights owners, consultants, the legal profession, licensing and collecting societies, digital rights management (DRM) technology, and infrastructure providers to help make the next generation of compelling in-car services a reality. Content protection remains a high priority for studios and broadcasters, and ACCESS Twine for Car is designed to ensure that automakers’ services are compliant by supporting end-to-end protection of their assets.