Karamba's service places a network of virtual ECUs online that behave like a real connected car. The images of these ECU’s software are permanently monitored to detect attack patterns and vulnerabilities in the operating system, the configuration and the code of the ECU. Real-world attacks on the ECU during the development process provide the automotive developer community with meaningful insight into security holes in the firmware and all components and libraries used.
"Knowing exactly which attack vectors can be used against ECUs has always been a challenge for vehicle manufacturers and Tier 1 suppliers”, explains Patrick Daly, analyst at 451 Research. “But they need to know how hackers can infiltrate a vehicle's system before the vehicle goes into series production. Karamba Security's offering provides exactly this knowledge to secure networked and autonomous vehicles.” If OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers can stay one step ahead of hackers, they increase the safety of drivers and passengers. This also reduces the need for over-the-air updates that would be required to address security gaps once the vehicles go into production.