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Automotive World Ltd Company registered No: 04242884 Registered Office: 1-3 Washington Buildings, Stanwell Road, Penarth,CF64 2AD | Registered in England and Wales Cyber security engineers hone in on ELD vulnerabilities for truckers June 21, 2018 New developments from the University of Tulsa promise to reduce the risk of cyber attacks in heavy vehicles, writes Megan Lampinen Connected technology offers tremendous benefits for the trucking industry, but at a cost. A proliferation of in-cab software and fleet telematics systems can provide dramatic improvements in efficiencies, helping with safety, uptime, fuel efficiency and paperwork. However, these connected systems simultaneously expose the vehicle and the operators to cyber attacks. "The more fleet and heavy vehicle operators rely on connectivity, the more vulnerable they become to cyber attacks," commented Niels Haverkorn, General Manager, Connected Transport, Irdeto. "This connectivity makes it imperative to inherently protect the software that runs in vehicle fleets, not just securing the perimeter. Fleet and heavy vehicle operators need to keep cyber security top-of-mind to ensure that their drivers, vehicles and systems are safe from cyber attacks by securing ELDs, telematics systems and other in-vehicle software from tampering." Irdeto is part of a consortium of industry players that recently joined forces to tackle the problem through a new hardware firewall for connected vehicles. Known as the CAN Data Diode, the hardware device promises to prevent hackers from accessing a truck's electronic logging device (ELD) and using it as an attack surface. The CAN Data Diode solution The development emerged from the University of Tulsa's Student CyberTruck Experience (CyTeX) programme under the direction of Jeremy Daily, Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering. The University is working with the National Motor Freight Traffic Association (NMFTA), Irdeto, Geotab, DG Technologies and other industry experts to identify and validate potential commercial applications. Trucks in particular, make attractive targets for hackers for many reasons. "Today's trucks are fully equipped with sophisticated computerised systems. As a result, these connected vehicles become valuable targets for hackers, primarily for financially- motivated purposes," explained Daily. This could include stealing the freight and its contents or gaining access to IT systems to steal intellectual property. Connected ELDs could be a common target for cyber attacks, as many lack basic cyber protection. That means hackers can theoretically exploit ELDs as an entry point to access a vehicle's controller area network (CAN) or IT systems. ELDs are currently required for most

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