OnBoard Security Partners with Mcity on Secure Crypto Key Management System for Automotive

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The security experts at OnBoard Security will be identifying common automotive use-cases, developing Key Management System requirements, and then proposing a KMS standard. The KMS needs to be flexible enough to work with legacy systems, while also covering all common use-cases and accounting for different car makers’ solutions, both today and extending into the future.

We will develop a world-class KMS that will allow car makers to standardize on a secure key management solution – saving them time and money through a reduction in complexity.

OnBoard Security™, a world leader in connected vehicle security and privacy, announced today that it is working with Mcity, a University of Michigan-led public-private partnership working to advance next-generation mobility, on the development of a proposal for a new standard for a cryptographic Key Management System (KMS) for the automotive industry.

Car makers use cryptographic keys for a variety of purposes, including Over-The-Air (OTA) software updates, security immobilizers, inter-module communications, and Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) communication security. Key Management Systems (KMS) are very complex, as the manufacturer has to manage dozens of keys over the long lifetime of a car. A number of proprietary key management solutions have been developed, but the number of unique solutions has added unnecessary costs and complexity for the automakers.

The goal of the KMS project is to identify common use-cases, develop requirements, and propose a KMS solution that could be standardized for the automotive industry. The ideal KMS will be flexible enough to work today and in the future and across legacy systems and differing global car makers’ platforms.

OnBoard Security has a proven track record of standards leadership in the IEEE 1609.2 Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) communications security and other standards, and deep security knowledge and experience in connected and autonomous vehicles.

“Over the next few months, our transportation security experts will be closely working with members of Mcity, including car makers and their suppliers,” explained Peter Samson, President of OnBoard Security. “We will develop a world-class KMS that will allow car makers to standardize on a secure key management solution – saving them time and money through a reduction in complexity.”

OnBoard Security is an Affiliate Industry member of Mcity.

About OnBoard Security
 OnBoard Security was created to help automotive and IoT organizations stay ahead of the curve through superior cybersecurity.

For over 10 years, the world-renowned experts at OnBoard Security have been pioneering technologies that protect the Internet of Things, now and for the future.  We address three significant challenges; ensuring the security and privacy of connected vehicles, making hardware roots of trust easy to use, and avoiding the existential threat from quantum computers to the integrity of the internet.

Headquartered in Wilmington, MA, we are best known for the award-winning Aerolink® V2X libraries that are the de facto standard for connected vehicle security and privacy; our NTRU algorithm which is the most tested and trusted quantum-resistant cryptosystem; and our TSS 2.0 & 1.2 middleware that simplifies implementation of Trusted Platform Modules.

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