Protect in-vehicle networks from hackers with automotive security development kit

08-08-2018 | Microchip Technology | New Technologies

Microchip Technology has introduced the new CryptoAutomotive In-Vehicle Network (IVN) TrustAnchor/Border Security Device (TA/BSD) development kit. This tool allows OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers to offer security to networked vehicle systems, starting in areas of priority, with the highest level of protection and with no disruption elsewhere.

Claimed to be the only security-specific automotive tool in the industry, the development kit emulates a secure node in an automotive network and offers system designers an instinctive starting point for implementing security. Created to be flexible, the tool accommodates each OEM’s implementation by enabling manufacturers to configure the node to adapt to various specifications and industry standards. The tool exhibits secure key storage, ECU authentication, hardware-based crypto accelerators and other cryptographic elements. When used with a host microcontroller, it allows designers to execute functions such as secure boot and CAN message authentication, as well as conversion of CAN 2.0 messages to CAN-FD with appended MAC when appropriate.

The tool can be used with any ECU, architecture, configuration or bus, offering the flexibility to achieve security in existing systems with no large-scale redesigns. The companion chip solution needs minimal MCU code updates, resulting in insignificant to no impact to existing host MCU functional safety ratings. This method also eliminates the necessity for in-house security expertise. The tool provides an online GUI program with pre-configured options to simplify and facilitate implementation.

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