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Magna partners with Israel-based Argus to combat vehicle hacking

The goal is to maintain vehicle connectivity while ensuring auto sector security.


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September 16, 2015 by Canadian Plastics

Auto parts supplier Magna International has partnered with Argus Cyber Security Ltd., an Israel-based cyber security firm, to address vehicle hacks and other security concerns related to cyber attacks in the rapidly growing car connectivity market.

“With the connected car market growing, the need to have a protected environment and secure data is becoming more urgent and we are taking a proactive approach in delivering a solution to our customers,” said Swamy Kotagiri, chief technical officer of Aurora, Ont.-based Magna. “We feel confident in the Argus team, their expertise and speed-to-market. In addition, this partnership is key to our focus on vehicle-based connectivity solutions as a core part of our electronics strategy.”

Argus’s technology is a ready-to-embed, cyber security solution for automobiles and aftermarket connectivity platforms. Magna said the solution protects a vehicle’s critical on-board systems from being hacked and can be integrated into any vehicle product line with no changes required to the vehicle’s architecture.

“The technology is applicable to any connected vehicle, anywhere in the world,” the company added.

Argus offers an Intrusion Prevention System as well as a cloud-based monitoring service, which can be integrated into Magna’s range of electronic systems to allow vehicles to remain connected while closing recently-exposed vulnerabilities.