SAN JOSE, Calif. – Toyota Motor Corp. joined the Trusted Computing Group to help drive future security standard as part of a new embedded initiative.
The Trusted Computing Group has created a handful of standards for hardware-backed security on computers, hard drives and networks already used in some embedded systems. It formed its embedded working group last September to look deeper into specific scenarios in machine-to-machine communications broadly in the emerging Internet of Things field, including automotive.
The new group aims to define embedded-specific standards by the end of 2013. Infineon is co-chair of the group that includes members from Fujitsu, Ricoh, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony as well as Toyota.
“Currently Toyota is the only car maker [in the group], but we hope other car manufactures will join TCG in near future,” said Seigo Kotani, a TCG board member and co-chair of the embedded group.
Car makers could use TCG techniques to secure remote maintenance tasks, such as software updates, the group said. Stacy Cannady, a veteran member of TCG, will present a session on embedded security at the Design Westconference.
Computer security in automobiles has been a potential issue for some time now with the great degree of reliance on computers in automobiles. Hopefully we will soon see all of the other auto manufacturers getting on board with the embedded security issues in their products.
A real positive news - hope all the autos join to make sure everyone safe on the wheels. Toyota is a leader despite the mess of three years ago. Embedded systems is key for the future and we need standards even in autos
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