NNG Cyber Security in Birmingham Debuts Platform to Ward Off Vehicle Hacking Attacks


NNG Cyber Security, which operates an office in downtown Birmingham and a technical center in Orion Township, and was created when the global navigation company acquired Israel-based Arilou Information Security Technologies Ltd. in 2016, today announced the introduction of its new cyber security technology.

The NNG Cyber Security solution detects and intercepts cyber threats for vehicles immediately, before they can cause any harm to the system of a car or truck. NNG also develops software for on-board navigation systems, called iGO, which has been installed in more than 30 million devices worldwide, and over 30 global car brands

“We all know there aren’t any vehicles that cannot be hacked, but our solution can effectively and permanently rule out one of the methods most widely used by hackers” says Ziv Levi, CEO of Arilou, now part of NNG Cyber Security. “I could describe this as having discovered a vaccine for cars that fully protects them from a type of dangerous malicious attack. By applying our preventive technology, OEMs can make sure their cars are immune to such attacks.”

One of the methods most frequently used by hackers attempting to take control of a vehicle is sending unauthorized commands that the car’s system mistakenly takes as coming from an authorized Electronic Control Unit (ECU). Filtering the malicious messages is key to preventing such impersonation attacks when one of the ECUs sends messages as if it was another.

The newly introduced Parallel Intrusion Prevention System (PIPS) from NNG is the first solution on the market that analyzes not only the content and context of the communication between ECUs, but the source of it as well. This enables it to intercept malicious messages in real time.

The technology analyzes the physical characteristics of the communication and determines its validity. As the analysis happens in real time, PIPS can stop the threats before they get to their destination, ensuring the security of the vehicle’s ECUs.

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