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Arilou Develops First-of-its-kind Technology for Automotive Ethernet

Dynamic technology makes it possible to securely control in-vehicle communication.

Arilou Information Security Technologies has developed a first-of-its-kind central management technology to enable dynamic and secure control of in-vehicle communication networks. The cyber security solutions supplier designed the Ethernet Security Hub - a cyber security tool - as a solution for connected and autonomous vehicles equipped with Ethernet networks.

Ethernet networks are increasingly being incorporated in vehicles to efficiently and reliably process the vast amount of data from complex new electronic systems, such as advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and infotainment systems. Compared to CAN bus networks that have traditionally been used, Ethernets have a greater bandwidth to collect and transfer more data at a faster rate. They prevent security risks, and address critical safety vulnerabilities associated with integrating connected and automated systems into vehicles.

Security systems like Arilou’s Ethernet Security Hub allow for complete, real-time management of the interaction between a vehicle’s electronic systems. The technology works by opening and closing secured communication channels between components in an ad-hoc manner, thus ensuring that the highest level of security is always kept. This helps limit the number of areas vulnerable to attacks from hackers.

“With this new solution, we give automakers the ability to dynamically control the entire in-vehicle communication network, which was not previously possible” said Ziv Levi, founder and CEO of Arilou. “The Ethernet Security Hub acts as a translator to bridge gaps between various systems and allow them to communicate with each other in a secure fashion, even if they were not originally intended to do so. This provides not only comprehensive control of the communication channels, but also better identifies hack attempts, and allows drivers to maintain control in the event of an attack.”

With the innovative new solution, a GPS transmitter that used to constantly transmit a vehicle’s location over the cloud can now be programmed to only send location information when an accident occurs for added safety and driver privacy. In addition, while tremendously reducing the risk of an attack to the in-vehicle communication systems, the security solution does not interfere with the overall functionality of the Ethernet network.

Along with being dynamic, the Ethernet Security Hub is flexible and can be configured to fit the individual system architectures of any OEM vehicle. New electronic components can easily be added if automakers change suppliers or new technologies are introduced. This flexibility makes it a solution for heavy-duty trucks and buses, and other modes of transportation, such as trains, and in some cases, ships and airplanes.
Arilou first began working on the Ethernet Security Hub in early 2017 after receiving requests from OEMs for a solution to the potential security risks posed by Ethernet on vehicles. The company aims to set a security standard for Ethernet integration, and help pave the road for securing connected cars of the future.

The technology has already been recognized by the industry as Arilou was awarded with the Best Automotive Cyber Security Product Award by GDS Review in 2017.

About the author:

Ziv Levi is a seasoned cybersecurity expert with over a decade of experience in the field. He is a graduate in Computer Science, as well as a trained ethical hacker. He spent 6 years in the Israeli Military Forces in a technological cyber security unit. During these years, he took part in various R&D projects in the cybersecurity field, provided consultation and conducted penetration testing. He then fulfilled the role of Security Expert at Razel Group. With all the valuable experience gained, in 2012 he founded Arilou Cyber Security, a start-up focusing on automotive cybersecurity. As of 2015, he is the CEO of the Israeli-based company, that was acquired by global automotive navigation developer NNG in 2016.

Ziv was ranked in the Top 40 under 40 promising and influential managers of Israel 2015 by Globes Business Magazine. He is based in Tel-Aviv, Israel, and His free time is dedicated to sports, mostly beach volleyball, and playing the guitar.

NNG is a global automotive software supplier aiming to provide the best in-car experience for all. The company focuses on delivering solutions with exceptional value for the connected navigation, cyber security, and user experience markets. NNG is primarily known for its iGO Navigation software, with the majority of its work used in white-label products for major car companies. NNG’s navigation is currently installed on more than 50 million devices worldwide, with 38 car brands. NNG has local presence on all continents, including offices in the US, Brazil, Switzerland, Hungary (2), Israel, China, India, South Africa, and Japan, ensuring highly localized solutions and aggregation of the best content available on each market.

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