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Podcast: How do we protect autonomous vehicles from hackers without a human driver? Steer answers.

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By Elisabeth Kindig


In episode 1 of Tech Lightning Rounds, Beth Kindig of Intertrust Technologies goes directly to the source of AV expertise and hosts discussions with technologists who specialize in the field. Interviews are held in “lightning round” format, which are rapid interviews with tech experts for immediate depth on each topic.

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In episode 1 of Tech Lightning Rounds, Beth Kindig of Intertrust Technologies goes directly to the source of AV expertise and hosts discussions with technologists who specialize in the field. Interviews are held in “lightning round” format, which are rapid interviews with tech experts for immediate depth on each topic. Please subscribe to the podcast and leave a review the production of Tech Lightning Rounds.

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In episode 1 of Tech Lightning Rounds, we interview Anuja Sonalker, CEO of Steer, who has a PhD in network security and has held executive-level security positions before founding the self-parking technology Steer. Steer solves one of the most frustrating parts of owning a vehicle with automated parking. Anuja and Beth discuss what it means to take a human out of the equation in parking and why this is important for efficiency, especially in urban areas. Because Anuja has a doctorate in cybersecurity, Beth takes the opportunity to ask her how we can prevent hacks when a human driver is not present. Anuja breaks down the concept of security-led design and why it is crucial to begin with a minimum attack surface and maximum default security. She goes on to describe what must be done in order to avoid falsified data attacks and why security professionals must think like an attacker and a defender. This must-hear interview gives a 360-degree perspective of how security works in regards to the auto industry and why cybersecurity is an artform. Don’t miss hearing what we face in the next stages of cybersecurity from a doctorate-level technologist who is bringing self-parking to the market.

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Background on STEER:

STEER was featured in Car and Driver magazine as a stand-out company from CES 2018, describing Steer’s lynchpin as the cloud-based repository of available parking spots. The company his “lidar free” which means the technology is cost-centric and operates using radar, cameras and ultrasonic sensors. Anuja Sonalker was previously VP of Engineering and Operations for TowerSec, an automotive cyber security solution that was acquired by Samsung’s Harman. “I know there are people who love to drive and don’t like the idea of autonomous technology, but I have yet to meet a person who loves to drive and says, ‘You know, I love parking the car,” – Anuja Sonalker, CEO of Steer

Intertrust Secure Systems:

Intertrust Secure Systems is a leading provider of application shielding solutions to prevent hackers from reverse engineering and tampering with code. Our products are backed up by superlative support and professional services to help you achieve your business goals quickly and efficiently. Our application shielding portfolio consists of two products:
  • Code Protection: provides application developers with a comprehensive suite of anti-reverse engineering and runtime application security protections to help protect your applications.
  • Secure Key Box: is an advanced white box cryptographic library that protects cryptographic keys for critical security functions such as device authentication, secure communications, and data encryption

Intertrust Connected Car Security White Paper

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This white paper describes the potential threats in modern connected cars, the ways hackers attempt to tamper with the data and software, and what are the solutions to these threats. Finally, this paper will focus on Intertrust’s robust solution to protecting connected cars – a set of software tools that are intended to increase application-level security and render hacker attacks extremely difficult and expensive to execute.

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