End-to-end security solutions are used with the primary goal of detecting and preventing attacks on a vehicle (external interface protection & monitoring). To do this, Continental protects the vehicle's communication interfaces with the outside world. An additional security level is to protect the vehicle system itself. So we constantly check communication on the CAN bus for anomalies, and for communication between individual control units to be encrypted (in-vehicle network protection & monitoring). Permanently monitoring the current status of the vehicle system (in-vehicle state-of-health monitoring) also adds to more security. This must be reported regularly to a security operations center, so that vehicle fleets can be checked for security loopholes. This leads to much faster development and implementation of security patches, which can be imported via over-the-air updates quickly and without the need for a service center visit.
This ecosystem of security-relevant elements, developed by Continental, allows for a customized design for our customers from a single source, and one that is available right from the early definition phase of a project. The overall package is completed by the involvement of specialized software products of the Continental subsidiary Elektrobit. This enables the developers to call upon both basic software components and application software when building the security architecture for the electronic control units so that they can make the system secure.