Argus introduces ECU fingerprinting in its In-Vehicle Network Protection

17 November, 2016

Published: 17 November 2016

Argus Cyber Security announced further expansion of its In-Vehicle Network Protection suite with its new ECU Fingerprinting technology. This technology makes it much harder for hackers to perform cyber-attacks on vehicles.  It is now possible to identify and trace to their source messages that were maliciously initiated by an unauthorized or wrong electronic control unit (ECU). Tests have shown this technology to be accurate at identifying malicious messages with zero false positives.

This ability, which examines the physical attributes of an ECU is currently unparalleled in the automotive industry and is further testament to how Argus, through its award-winning cyber research team, is enabling secure connectivity in automobiles. ECU Fingerprinting pinpoints a malicious message and the ECU that triggered it. This vital information was to date unattainable due to the nature of the communication protocol in the in-vehicle network.

“We are very excited about collaborating with our OEM and Tier 1 customers as well as with our partners to bring this revolutionary technology to market,” explained Yaron Galula, Co-Founder and CTO of Argus. “Combined with our existing solutions, this latest technology will further improve detection accuracy, radically reduce false positive rates, and shorten the time and effort during deployment. Its implementation will substantially increase the difficulty for hackers to wage a successful cyber-attack. All of these benefits make it cost-effective when compared with other tools that protect against messages coming from an unauthorized ECU such as secure on-board communications, which is based on message authentication. This all adds up to incredible gains for our customers and motorists alike.”

Moving forward, this technology will form an integral component of Argus’ In-Vehicle Network Protection suite, adding a unique and complementary detection method to our proven technologies. With this latest addition to Argus’ multi-layered solution portfolio, Argus customers will benefit from the highest possible level of automotive cyber security.

“I am thrilled that Argus has once again proven its leadership in automotive cyber security,” said Ofer Ben-Noon, Co-Founder and CEO of Argus. “We are committed to further investing in research to provide the industry with ever increasing levels of security. At Argus, we are constantly pushing the boundaries to provide cutting-edge solutions that stay ahead of the dynamic threat landscape. When it comes to something as vital as cyber security, there is no other way.”

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