By Tim Keenan and Azure Sentinel News
Argus Cyber Security, an Israeli automotive cyber security firm with its North American headquarters in Bloomfield Hills, has collaborated with Microsoft Azure IoT and joined the Microsoft partner network to provide vehicle manufacturers the ability to monitor, detect, and mitigate attacks in the cloud.
The Argus Cyber Security Suite integrated with Azure IoT for automotive applications includes Argus Fleet Protection, an automotive security operation center (ASOC) solution; in-vehicle insights from Argus Connected ECU Protection; and update capabilities with Argus Software Updates Over-the-Air.
This end-to-end cloud solution is among the first to provide vehicle manufacturers full visibility into the cyber health of their fleet with on-board and off-board monitoring, according to Argus.
“We are very excited about joining the world’s leading companies running on Microsoft Azure,” says Miki Hakak, vice president of marketing and business development at Argus Cyber Security. “It represents a huge leap forward for vehicle manufacturers seeking to reduce their exposure to cyber risk and comply with existing standards and regulations, such as UNR 155 (WP.29).
“By partnering with a global leader like Microsoft, we are making it easier for vehicle manufacturers to cost-effectively introduce cyber security into their vehicles without impacting production cycles or project risk.”
This collaboration in automotive, according to Argus, provides vehicle manufacturers easier access to security-related in-vehicle information as well as comprehensive coverage of security events.
Argus Connected ECU Protection, deployed on connected ECUs such as telematics, infotainment centers, and ADAS units, detects operating system anomalies and suspicious activity in the vehicle according to customer-defined threat models. Threat models can be based on UNECE R 155 (WP.29), the MITRE Attack framework, or any other chosen model.
Alerts from the vehicle are sent to Argus Fleet Protection where they are fused with insights from other sources in dedicated automotive threat hunting and investigation modules. By integrating end-to-end automotive cyber security with Microsoft Azure IoT, vehicle manufacturers can leverage data across a wide range of sources to build a more accurate, all-encompassing cyber intelligence picture.
“Cybersecurity is an essential ingredient in the move toward connected and autonomous vehicles,” says Avijit Sinha, general manager for Azure Mobility at Microsoft. “Argus has comprehensive and modular solutions to ensure security across a vehicle’s complex compute capabilities and networks, whether it’s preventing attacks on safety-critical functions or the theft of personal data. Argus’ collaboration with Microsoft Azure IoT provides a path for automakers looking to execute on their goal of secure connected and autonomous vehicles.”
In addition, Argus says with its Argus Delta OTA update technologies, vehicle manufacturers are able to implement security updates OTA to immediately reduce exposure to cyber risks, while reducing vehicle downtimes and deployment costs.