LG leads the way in automotive software security with cybersecurity certifications

LG, a major provider of advanced auto components, is taking steps to enhance the cybersecurity of its innovative vehicle solutions. With the growing importance of vehicle cybersecurity, LG is committed to ensuring the safety and reliability of its components to provide a safer and more convenient future for mobility experiences.

As cars become more than just a means of transportation, offering part lifestyle space and part smart device, they will incorporate a raft of innovative technologies, ranging from autonomous driving systems, big data and artificial intelligence (AI) to cloud computing and wireless network solutions. Moving forward, the ‘software-defined vehicle’ (SDV) will become the norm, with computer operating systems overseeing all aspects of passenger entertainment, comfort, and safety. With the shift from hardware to software comes the increased importance of vehicle cybersecurity, a matter that global automakers and innovative component makers like LG are taking very seriously.

In-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems provide a wealth of entertainment and information to make traveling by car safer and more enjoyable. Soon, they will take their capabilities a step further, gaining the ability to suggest optimal driving routes through the use of AI, communicate with other cars and traffic systems via vehicle to everything (V2X) tech and autonomously manage their software platforms to keep everything up to date. In addition, future ‘on-road’ software solutions will be able to monitor electric vehicle (EV) battery status, analyze the driving habits of the person behind the wheel and check on important safety considerations, such as the driving environment and road conditions.

As the use of software for vehicles continues to grow, so too does the necessity to put in place systems that prevent unauthorized access, or hacking. Failing to do so runs the risk of exposing the vehicle itself, and any personal information linked to the vehicle, to cybersecurity threats. Over-the-air (OTA) functionality, whereby car software is remotely updated over wireless internet or cloud network, is just one area that could be susceptible to a potential attack.

To protect against the likelihood of vehicle hacking, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) has established international standards for automotive cybersecurity: regulation No. 155 (UN R155) and No. 156 (UN R156). According to these regulations, automakers and component suppliers must ensure that their vehicles and solutions include an effective cybersecurity management system (CSMS) and security functions for firmware updates over wireless connection. Both vehicle manufacturers and parts suppliers are invested in keeping everyone on the road safe and are actively complying with the latest rules and standards relating to cybersecurity.

LG is making continuous efforts to enhance the cybersecurity of its innovative vehicle solutions. In 2021, LG acquired Cybellum, an Israeli software firm with expertise in investigating automotive cybersecurity vulnerabilities, to upgrade the security of its offerings. The following year, LG signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Korean companies, LG U+ and CryptoLab, for a technical collaboration in the field of post-quantum cryptography (PQC). These cutting-edge technologies are set to be employed in various areas requiring rigorous cybersecurity, such as in-vehicle payment, V2X, and OTA services.

Additionally, LG has received international certifications for complying with industry standards on vehicle cybersecurity. LG recently earned CSMS verification (tested by TÜV Rheinland), which indicates that the company properly applies all relevant security measures throughout the entire parts creation process – from design and development to production and post-installation management – and conducts thorough simulations to test its solutions’ susceptibility to hacking. The level of commitment LG has shown to cybersecurity is one of the many reasons why the company has become a trusted supplier of IVI systems and telematics components.

LG’s relentless drive to ensure the security and reliability of its vehicle components means that drivers and passengers alike can look forward to a future of safer and more convenient mobility experiences. With the increasing importance of software in vehicles, cybersecurity has become a top priority for global automakers and innovative component makers like LG. The company has made significant efforts to enhance the cybersecurity of its advanced auto components and has received international certifications for complying with industry standards on vehicle cybersecurity. By acquiring Israeli software firm Cybellum and collaborating with Korean companies LG U+ and CryptoLab, LG has shown its commitment to using cutting-edge technologies to address vulnerabilities and protect against cybersecurity threats.