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Trend Micro to launch automotive cyber security solution

Trend Micro has launched VicOne, a new Trend Micro business unit dedicated to securing electric vehicles and connected cars.

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Thu, 16 Jun 2022
Trend Micro to launch automotive cyber security solution
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Connected cars provide plenty to entice threat actors, with more than 400 million predicted to be on the roads globally by 2025. In anticipation, Trend Micro has added VicOne, a new business arm that is aimed at dedicating commitment to incubating successful business ideas which extends cyber security reach to the automotive industry.

Electric vehicles are increasingly exposed to remote digital threats across a range of new attack scenarios. OEMs and suppliers must urgently build comprehensive cyber security protections into their ecosystem to comply with the new regulation by United Nations, WP.29 (UN – R155).

According to Ashley Watkins, vice president, ANZ at Trend Micro, VicOne was due to anticipating an urgent OEM need for enhanced automotive cyber security.

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"At Trend Micro, we are driven by the desire to secure the connected world.

"As we focus on this mission, it is imperative that we need to free ourselves to explore the various new business model that fits the new supply chain," Watkins said.

"Built with the best of Trend Micro innovation, it will offer tremendous value to the industry."

VicOne has been designed to ensure vehicle makers mitigate the growing threat to connected car ecosystems, driver safety, and sensitive data posed by the increased use of in-vehicle connectivity, software, over-the-air updates, and complex supply chains.

Dr Joe Lin, greater China region lead, IoT solutions at Microsoft added that cyber security is an integral part of the electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem.

"Microsoft provides a comprehensive and open platform service with a zero-trust mindset, enabling end-to-end security services for telematics and electric vehicles through the cloud computing and AI capabilities of the Azure IoT platform.

"We look forward to working closely with Trend Micro and VicOne to build a secure and reliable intelligent platform to drive the development of the ecosystem and move towards a green and sustainable future," Lin said.

Vehicle security operations centres (SOCs) are designed for carmakers looking to comply with regulatory measures by offering enhanced threat detection and response for software-defined vehicles.

VicOne’s security operations centre aims to integrate Microsoft Azure IoT services to collect telemetrics in automobiles and Azure data services to analyse security threats and breaches.

Gartner has also suggested that the automotive industry should "partner with cyber security experts who can assess and propose a broad range of countermeasures". Being future-oriented and doing more than the minimum will assist in mitigating threats listed by the regulation.

As part of these efforts, Trend Micro has formed a strategic partnership with MIH Consortium, an open EV platform alliance led by Foxconn, and has recently joined the Scalable Open Architecture for Embedded Edge (SOAFEE) initiative, which aims to provide a cloud-native architecture for the development of software-defined vehicles.

According to Dipti Vachani, SVP and GM at the automotive and IoT line of business, Arm, the software-defined vehicle is the future of the global automotive industry and a driving force in accelerating the development of innovative automotive technology applications.

"By joining other leaders across the automotive industry as a new member of SOAFEE, VicOne is bringing important expertise in security standards to help ensure a safer future for the automotive industry."

As industry stakeholders invest more time and resources into cyber security compliance, VicOne is set to offer end-to-end security solutions for the automotive ecosystem, including secure by design, risk management, threat detection, and response. To help analysts see more and respond faster to incidents, the VicOne offering combines vehicle SOC, secure over-the-air (OTA), in-vehicle security, penetration test as a service, and automotive vulnerability management.

[Related: Financial crime compliance to cost financial services companies $3.6bn]

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