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Faraday Future and Gemalto strike deal on digital security

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Gemalto will provide data security and encryption technology for Faraday Future’s intelligent car

Recent research has shown that there will be a quarter of a billion connected cars on the road by 2020. Alongside connectivity, security has become a key issue in both development and deployment.

Gemalto will be providing data security and encryption technology that will help protect the software that powers Faraday Future’s first electric car and data collected from everyday use of its cars.

Faraday Future, on the other hand, is working to deploy Gemalto SafeNet Hardware Security Modules (HSMs) and professional services to build and secure the public key infrastructure (PKI) that will generate digital certificates used to authenticate the communication between the car, the backend systems and users. The PKI system can also store these certificates in a central repository, share them with other stakeholders and revoke them if needed.

Every step of data flow is protected, like in-car services such as over-the-air software updates and transport of data from the car, without making the data vulnerable to cyberattacks. In the future of autonomous cars and smart cities, the PKI system will prevent hackers from intercepting data passed to other cars, garages, parking meters or other connected infrastructure. Hackers will also be prevented from interfering with authenticated access to the car itself.

“Car manufacturers must design for security, otherwise the promise of connected cars becomes vulnerable,” said Kate Migon, head of Automotive Americas for Gemalto. “By working with Faraday Future, we aim to make security a standard for vehicle systems as they evolve.”

Gemalto is working with Faraday Future to design, configure and deploy a private Microsoft Certificate Authority that will integrate into their existing architecture. Gemalto’s Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) certified SafeNet HSMs are expected to be installed with Faraday Future’s internal server and are specifically designed to process, store and manage cryptographic keys inside a hardened, tamper-resistant device, making them an anchor for trusted access to networks and individual vehicle data.

“Gemalto’s worldwide expertise in security opened the door for this relationship, and the reliability of their HSMs and high quality of support – with a dedicated team to deploy services – sealed the deal,” said Connie Zhao, Sr. director of vehicle software at Faraday Future. “With these security measures in place, Faraday Future aims to release our first connected car soon, providing citizens with the convenience and trust needed on the road.”

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