Keysight Technologies announced a new automotive cybersecurity program designed to protect against cyberattacks throughout the R&D and production process, as well as post sales. The Automotive Cybersecurity Program consists of integrated hardware, software, and services that Keysight says are needed by automotive OEMs and Tier 1s to ensure the safety of their vehicles, address the scale and complexity of rapidly changing technology, facilitate time to market, and supplement internal cyber security activities.

To address the need for automotive cybersecurity during product development from the beginning, throughout the development life cycle, as well as post sales, the company's solution includes the following elements:

  • Hardware that connects to the device under test (DUT) via relevant interfaces, including Wi-Fi, cellular, Bluetooth, USB, CAN, and automotive ethernet
  • Software that simulates attacks, reports on vulnerabilities (and severity), and offers recommended fixes
  • Device under test (DUT)-specific regression testing meant to simplify and accelerate verification of fixes
  • Enterprise-level management of testing, including integration with widely used OEM and Tier 1 enterprise platforms

To ensure proactive prevention, Keysight is also offering a subscription service to an evolving threat database. This subscription reportedly provides frequent updates with the latest security attacks, evasion tactics, and examples of live malware. The service also includes application protocol releases along with ongoing software updates and enhancements.

Keysight’s Automotive Cybersecurity Program is designed to enable car manufacturers and their suppliers to implement and enforce company-wide security standards and to establish a company-wide test procedure supporting supplier certification and auditing. It allows them to achieve repeatability through regression testing and documented workflows and results and to identify potential vulnerabilities from the physical level to the application layer, including wireless and wireline connections.

“In today’s vehicles, heavy reliance on connectivity and software improves convenience but increases the potential attack surface for emerging and evolving cyber threats,” said Siegfried Gross, Vice President and General Manager of Keysight Automotive and Energy Solutions. “This new program enables OEMs and Tier 1s to enhance vehicle safety by defining, implementing, and deploying a consistent, company-wide approach to the testing of potential vulnerabilities.”