ROYAL OAK – How do you keep the bad guys out of connected vehicles? Karamba Security has one answer. The Israeli company, with offices in Bloomfield Hills, by protecting against known and yet unknown vulnerabilities (Zero Day Attacks), requiring no updates, which make it easier for automakers to continually protect their clients cars.

CEO and Co-Founder Ami Dotan said Karamba solutions help in protecting cars’ users private information from being leaked as well preventing hackers from wirelessly, from afar, taking control of Autonomous vehicles.

He also noted that his cyber security company has its roots in Israel, where most of the advanced cyber solutions are constantly “battlefield tested”. Israel is considered to be world leading country in the cyber security space. Dotan and the other founders served in the elite intelligence core of the Israeli Defense Forces.

He explains the difference between current cars and future Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. The “rich” wireless connectivity between the car and and the outside world, through cellular providers and to the cloud. 

Dotan said current cars being now almost totally controlled by software that, on the one hand, enable faster updates and upgrades done wirelessly, over the air, yet expose cars and users to cyber security hacks due to the wireless connectivity and the inherent software bugs that are frequent and common. This actually imply exposure to hackers that may take control of the cars and put people lives at risk, without the possibility to protect themselves, as well as raises concerns of protecting users data from being hacked and misused. 

He said all car manufacturers are taking steps to assure better cybersecurity measures are adopted into future connected and autonomous cars.some are more advanced than others.

With regards to Autonomous cars, cybersecurity is being supported by the regulators – The Congress and the Senate are currently busy drafting and putting the last changes to the “Self Drive Act”, which is the bill for the autonomous cars. In both bills, cyber security prevention plays a key roll. Michigan’s Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and Senator Gary Peters are both drivers of the bills, assuring cyber security measures are designed in the autonomous cars to protect those from being hacked and expose users and the surroundings to safety and life risking situations. 

Since cybersecurity vulnerabilities are directly coupled to the level of safety the users are being provided with each car, there is a growing demand to have “Customers Outfacing” cybersecurity rating system, so cars’ buyers could distinguish between the different rated each cybersecurity protecting measure is implemented, in each connected cars type, just like crash testing and emissions rating systems. 

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