WILMINGTON, MA — Security Innovation, a Wilmington-based software security company, is making national news for its successful efforts to combat hacking. Not the hacking of your computers or phones, though. The hacking of your car!
David Harris, the Tech Editor for the Boston Business Journal, spotlighted the company in his “Tech Flash” blog last week.
“Security Innovation, a security software company headquartered in Wilmington, Massachusetts,” wrote Harris, “opened labs in both Wilmington and Seattle to test software aimed at helping to prevent people from hacking into your car.”
“The real focus [of the labs],” continued Harris, “is on so-called vehicle-to-vehicle communication, technology that allows cars to connect to one another to prevent accidents. The technology will one day power self-driving cars. The company is working on security software called Aerolink that will be implemented in the first car to have vehicle-to-vehicle communication capability: General Motors’ 2017 Cadillac CTS.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration supports vehicle-to-vehicle communication, writing on its website, “As we look ahead to the next stage of roadway safety in America, vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication technology shows great promise in transforming the way Americans travel. Using V2V technology, vehicles… can one day be able to communicate important safety and mobility information to one another that can help save lives, prevent injuries, ease traffic congestion, and improve the environment.”
Harris notes that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recommends that all cars eventually contain vehicle-to-vehicle communication technology.
In a press release announcing its new “Automotive Centers of Excellence (ACE) Laboratories,” Security Innovation explains: “Most new cars have multiple connections to external and nomadic devices and services – Bluetooth, near-field communications (NFC), Internet services, on-board diagnostics, etc. This new functionality has highlighted the stark reality that automobiles are vulnerable to attacks and connected vehicle technology is now susceptible to malicious exploits that were inconceivable when cars were originally designed. Unlike other platforms such as web, cloud, and mobile, there has been relatively little research conducted on automotive security.”
And it’s the research at this company’s lab in Wilmington that is beginning to address this important and frightening “blind spot” in our daily lives.