Can we trust our cars?: Page 7 of 7

January 23, 2019 //By Balázs Simacsek, NXP Semiconductors
Can we trust our cars?
When we talk about automotive security, most people think about protecting cars from thieves. But with the emergence of automated driving, fast expanding connectivity options and ever-increasing complexity, vehicles are vulnerable to new kinds of cyberattacks. In this new environment vehicles need more protection than ever before.

The future of automotive security

Everything considered: Can we trust our vehicles, especially as we see more and more ‘self-driving robots’? The answer is that we can, if we consider security as integral part of the overall vehicle design and are prepared to stay ahead of the developing attack techniques with updateable and upgradeable future-proof security.

It is important that we all do our part: governments, industry players and car owners. Requesting information about the security capabilities of our cars should become routine, in the same way as we learn about safety, driving parameters and convenience features today. Providers must support this goal with the most advanced technology, so we can all be safe and secure.

About the author:

Balazs is Director of Automotive Security in NXP´s Automotive Business Unit. As head of security in the Automotive Microcontrollers and Processors Business Line, it is his responsibility to oversee the design and development of microcontroller and processor-based security solutions for multiple automotive application domains: Connectivity, Driver Replacement, Powertrain and Vehicle Dynamics, Body and Comfort.

Before his current assignment, Balazs worked in NXP´s smart card business, developing high security solutions for payment and secure identity applications. Before that he held various management and technical expert positions in the telecommunications and semiconductors industries. He received his MSc degree in Electrical Engineering and Informatics from the Budapest University of Technology and Economics.


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