Hey there, Bay Area community! Allow me to share a bit about the leaps and bounds being made in automotive cybersecurity all the way from Seoul!
Picture this: A team made up of a hardcore car tech developer and a ‘white hat’ hacker. This unlikely pair conjured up FESCARO, a company confronting the increased cybersecurity challenges stemming from sophisticated automotive software tech.
As you may know, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe took some fundamental steps to revoke the “open-season” on new-age vehicles for hackers when they passed their UN R155 and R156 regulations back in 2020. So, in essence, if any automaker aims to peddle their new vehicle types in any of the 27 European Union nations, they’d have to first meet three key certifications: CSMS, SUMS, and VTA related to Cyber Security Management System, Software Update and Management System, and Vehicle Type Approval respectively. These apply to all new vehicle types from July 2022 and all previously untouched vehicles from July 2024.
The good folks at FESCARO have been crushing it by assisting global automaker, K Group, to notch up all of these certifications over a span of three years since 2021. Their hands-on approach spans all aspects from developing unique software solutions to comprehensive cybersecurity testing and everything in between.
But FESCARO didn’t stop at just meeting UN regulations. They also bagged the ISO/SAE 21434 certification, a global standard for cybersecurity engineering, for global controller manufacturer Kanavi Mobility in 2023.
One of the coolest things about their varied approach is their development of a distinctive software solution that can smoothly work with existing semiconductor chips in cars. Making upgrades without replacing parts? That’s a win in my book!
These strides have not gone unnoticed. FESCARO received the FIPS 140-2 certification from the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology, which validates that their tech is reliable enough for use by, get this, the U.S. Department of Defense.
Strategically partnered with premier, global automotive semiconductor giants and recognized as a ‘Top 10 Automotive Solutions Provider 2023’ by CIOReview APAC, FESCARO isn’t slowing down anytime soon. As the CEO of FESCARO, Seok-min Hong said, “Our competitive edge lies in our proactive approach.”
I guess the moral of the story is, if you’re neck-deep in automotive software challenges, give FESCARO a shout. They’re down to brainstorm technical breakthroughs, drop that cybersecurity wisdom, and keep your vehicles safe from hackers. Stay car-savvy, my friends!
by Morgan Phisher | HEAL Security