The Future Car: A Siemens Podcast


Cyber security startup Cybellum defends against automotive cyber security attacks.

Season 2, Ep. 27

The rise of technology has completely changed the way we think about security. Breaking into a building, a car, or a computer system used to require physical action and brute force, but today, that’s no longer the case. Technology has eased the burden of the hacker, and remote access is an everyday occurrence. Today, not only can criminals forego the ‘80s-style ski masks and the convoluted plans; now they don’t even have to leave the house.

Despite the potential threats, we’re still romanced by the possibilities of automated transportation. So, how do we stay safe in a world controlled by remote software? Well, we’re best leaving that job to the experts. And thankfully, highly-trained hands are already on the case. 

In this special episode of The Future Car Podcast, we’re talking about cybersecurity. Ed Bernardon interviews Slava Bronfman, the CEO and Co-Founder of Cybellum. His cybersecurity company focuses specifically on automotive product security, identifying potential threats to the software supply chain, and ensuring that the entire network remains impenetrable. 

Today, you’ll hear about the unique trajectory of a cyber start-up founder, and how his time spent in the Israeli Defense Forces prepared him especially well for a career in software defense. We’ll discuss the rise of cyber vulnerabilities as cars and transportation become more complex, and how his team manages threats from a defense perspective. You’ll also gain an understanding of the layers involved in securing a vehicle software system, and how the security industry stays one step ahead of hackers in order to keep drivers safe. 

Some Questions I Ask:

  • What's it like to work for the Israeli Defense Forces? (3:32)
  • How did your experience in the defense forces help prepare you for a cybersecurity startup? (11:02)
  • What's the benefit of having your vehicle connected? (25:28)
  •  What needs to be improved in order to help increase cybersecurity? (32:42)
  • Is the WP 29 regulation helping to standardize security regulations? (37:05)
  • Are people ever going to accept autonomous vehicles and feel comfortable driving in one? (47:58)
  • How do you stay ahead of the hackers? (59:08)

What You’ll Learn in this Episode:

  • The difference between offense and defense in the world of cybersecurity (6:26)
  • How Cybellum was born (15:24)
  • A typical auto-related cybercrime (17:52)
  • Understanding the layers of cybersecurity (29:16)
  • The challenges of trying to keep systems secure (45:12)
  • How Cybellum uses the digital twin (50:47)
  • Why consumers should feel optimistic about vehicle security (1:01:50)

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