Continental Integrating Intrusion Detection into Telematics Products

Continental Adds Intrusion Detection to Telematics Products

Continental’s cyber-enhanced TCUs are expected to be installed in tens of millions of vehicles over the next few years.

Continental announced that it has enhanced the security and integrity of its telematics product line by integrating Intrusion Detection and Prevention (IDPS) technology from Argus Cyber Security.

Today’s connected, software-defined vehicles are more exposed than ever to cyberattacks that could compromise vehicle safety and data privacy, Continental noted. In particular, vehicle electronic control units (ECUs) such as telematics devices are inherently vulnerable to hacking and other cyber risks.

Continental has incorporated intrusion detection as a built-in enhancement option to the existing security features of its telematics product line. Continental will be using Argus’s ECU IDPS software to prevent hackers from compromising vehicle networks via connected telematic control units (TCUs).

Already deployed by numerous OEMs, Continental’s cyber-enhanced TCUs are expected to be installed in tens of millions of vehicles over the next few years, the company said.

“Software-defined vehicles are driving the market today and will continue to set the tone for the industry going forward,” said Jean-Francois Tarabbia, executive vice president, head of business area architecture and networking at Continental. “Cybersecurity is critical for protecting our connectivity products and the vehicles in which they are installed from the rising wave of cyberattacks. We see Argus as an integral part of this vision, enabling us to offer the most advanced and innovative telematics and connectivity solutions to our OEM customers.”

Argus ECU IDPS detects and prevents intrusions within vehicle components, helping to reduce cyber risk and facilitate compliance with new regulations and standards. The product’s enhanced ECU protection capabilities are proven on the road and trusted by OEMs and suppliers worldwide.

Continental’s high-bandwidth and ultra-low-latency TCUs support the latest mobile network technologies, including 4.5G and 5G for real-time vehicle connectivity, according to the company. Leveraging its hybrid cellular vehicle-to-everything (V2X) platform, Continental says its telematics products “are well-equipped to support cooperative and autonomous driving.”

“As one of the leaders in the connected-vehicle space and with more than 25 years of telematics experience, Continental understands the importance of automotive-specific cybersecurity as a value-added enabler for new products and services,” said Ronen Smoly, Argus CEO. “We are working closely with Continental to meet the demand of OEMs for efficient and easy-to-deploy solutions that deliver continuous cyber security over their products’ lifetime.”

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