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ISC speaker, Dr. Dennis Kengo Oka on Establishing a Secure Automotive Software Development Process

Event: FISITA Intelligent Safety Conference China. 16 July Changchun, China and online

Name: Dennis Kengo Oka, Principal Automotive Security Strategist

Company: Synopsys

Presentation Title: Establishing a Secure Automotive Software Development Process based on ISO/SAE 21434

Session: Cybersecurity

What are you planning to talk about at the Intelligent Safety Conference, and who do you think will benefit most from what you have to say?

I'll be presenting during the Cybersecurity session, where I will be talking about what organizations need to consider when establishing a secure automotive software development process based on ISO/SAE 21434. Automotive cybersecurity has become increasingly important over the past few years, as evident by the upcoming ISO/SAE 21434 Cybersecurity Engineering standard and the UN regulation 155 on Cybersecurity, and also plays an important role for intelligent safety solutions. Anyone working in cybersecurity teams, development teams as well as process owners for cybersecurity would benefit from joining my session, as I will be providing a general overview and giving some practical examples.

Intelligent safety technology is at the heart of mobility development – how do you see it evolving as ADAS develops into fully autonomous functionality?

Intelligent safety technology will help transform the automotive industry to allow safer transportation and advanced mobility services to become more accessible to more people. Safety is a principal driver for the deployment of autonomous vehicles. In particular, intelligent safety technology for fully autonomous vehicles need to ensure safe driving without requiring any driver interaction or expectations for the driver to take over. With more advanced safety-relevant functionality being developed, cybersecurity will also have a bigger role in the interplay with safety.

"Intelligent safety technology will help transform the automotive industry to allow safer transportation and advanced mobility services to become more accessible to more people".

What other factors do you expect to shape the development of intelligent safety technology? (e.g., legislation or standards, new technology, or changing consumer expectations)

All of these aspects will play a role in the development and deployment of intelligent safety technology. One important aspect is communication technology such as V2X to ensure low-latency communication for information sharing between vehicles to fulfil safety use cases. Another main topic is cybersecurity - for vehicles to be able to trust the communication and information shared between vehicles, it must be possible to verify that the input received is valid, e.g., verify that the input has not been tampered with, spoofed, or replayed. Moreover, the deployment of autonomous vehicles will further drive new requirements for improved intelligent safety technology to support more advanced use cases, such as lane changes, movement through intersections, and speed harmonization.

What attracts you personally to the area of intelligent safety?

There is a strong interplay between safety and cybersecurity. Based on my background in automotive cybersecurity and my interest in new developments, intelligent safety technology fascinates me. Intelligent safety technology will help bring increased safety and improved user experiences, but it is also important to note that security is an essential factor to achieve this. As often said, "there is no safety without security", and this is especially true for intelligent safety systems based on complex software that relies on processing of data from multiple sources. Not only do the systems have to be robust to handle unexpected input or unintentional corrupted data but also be resilient to handle maliciously crafted input while still fulfilling safety goals.

"There needs to be improvements in the entire technology stack starting from detection, to processing, to decision-making, to finally taking action".

What advances or changes in intelligent safety would you most like to see implemented in mainstream vehicles?

The deployment of intelligent safety technology will probably lead to a gradual change of first reducing the number of accidents and reducing the impact of the accidents that do occur, to finally preventing accidents from occurring in the first place. As such, there needs to be improvements in the entire technology stack starting from detection, to processing, to decision-making, to finally taking action. The taking action part can also be improved by, for instance, not only performing a simple action such as enabling brakes but also considering additional factors such as surrounding vehicles, pedestrians, current speed and trajectory, weather conditions etc. and then taking the best action using a combination of intelligent steering and braking to minimize the risks for accidents. This type of solution requires better interaction between in-vehicle systems, sensors, and data received from external sources to achieve more intelligent solutions. With the trend towards software-defined vehicles, part of these in-vehicle system interactions could be performed with better performance and improved security within HPCs (high-performance computers), and it would be interesting to see how the development of these systems can assist with improved solutions for intelligent safety.

Register for the FISITA Intelligent Safety Conference China to attend the full event in Changchun, or check back on the webpage for the link to watch the Keynote Session, Panel session and 'Impacts of Human Factors on Safety' session live streamed on the day.

About Dennis Kengo Oka

Dr. Dennis Kengo Oka is an automotive cybersecurity expert with more than 15 years of global experience in the automotive industry. He received his Ph.D. in automotive security focusing on solutions for the connected car. As a Principal Automotive Security Strategist at Synopsys, he focuses on security solutions for the automotive software development lifecycle and supply chain. Dennis has over 70 publications consisting of conference papers, journal articles and books, and is a frequent public speaker at international automotive and cybersecurity conferences and events.


About FISITA Intelligent Safety Conference China 2021

Registration is now open so book your place today.

FISITA and China SAE are delighted to confirm that the third annual FISITA Intelligent Safety Conference China will take place 16 July 2021 in Changchun, China, with physical or online participation available to registered participants.

Following highly successful events in 2019 and 2020, FISITA Intelligent Safety Conference 2021 will run as a stand-alone conference for the first time.

The 2021 event will feature keynote speeches and a panel discussion, followed by three parallel technical sessions on the Safety of the Intended Functionality (SOTIF), Cybersecurity and the Impacts of Human Factors on Safety.

The event is co-organised in China by Jilin University and Automotive Innovation and supported by Tsinghua University and the CAICV SOTIF Working Group.


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