In the United States, electric vehicle penetration is set to reach 30% by 2030, according to PWC research, up from 5% in 2021. The domestic EV and power train market will reach $128 billion, up from $10 billion, during that same period. 

This rise of connected, autonomous, shared, and electric (CASE) vehicles marks a sustainable transformation in the automotive industry. However, with this advancement comes new cybersecurity challenges arising from  increasing dependence on software and connectivity.

For the CASE community, consumers, and the cybersecurity industry, addressing these challenges has emerged as a rising challenge. This is where Finite State's SBOM Management platform can provide vital help.

How can SBOMs support CASE Vehicles?

The coming of CASE vehicles has revolutionized the automotive landscape and ushered in an era of advanced technology and innovation. However, this evolution also introduces significant cybersecurity risks, particularly stemming from insecure open-source components often used in the manufacture of these sophisticated systems.

As vehicles increasingly rely on software, the vulnerability of these components becomes a critical concern, posing threats to the overall security and functionality of today's vehicles. Maintaining the security of the software supply chain emerges as a vital, if complex, task.

Regular software updates and patches that ensure ongoing vehicle security and performance present logistical challenges for the automotive industry.

This is where Software Bills of Materials (SBOMs) shine. SBOMs offer continuous visibility into the software components used in CASE vehicles by:

  • playing a pivotal role in mitigating risks
  • ensuring regulatory compliance, and
  • maintaining the integrity of automotive software.
Implementing SBOMs isn't just a technical or regulatory requirement, they also represent a strategic move towards fortifying the cybersecurity framework in the automotive industry.

CASE Vehicles: Why SBOM? Why Now? 

SBOMs play a critical role in safeguarding these advanced vehicles by providing a clear and comprehensive inventory of software components. We need this visibility to identify vulnerabilities, manage updates, and ensure the security of every layer of the vehicle's software ecosystem. In an industry where technology evolves rapidly, SBOMs offer a stable foundation for cybersecurity, adapting to new threats and ensuring the safety of increasingly connected vehicles.

The Finite State Next Generation Platform manages risk across automotive software supply chains with extended SBOM management that ingests and aggregates data from over 150 external sources, giving security teams a unified and prioritized risk view with unprecedented visibility across the software supply chain. 

Finite State addresses the unique complexities of the automotive software supply chain, providing continuous monitoring and comprehensive analysis of software components. By leveraging Finite State, manufacturers and cybersecurity teams can not only meet but exceed the stringent security requirements of the CASE automotive sector, ensuring that vehicles are protected against a wide array of cyber threats.

The reasons for SBOM adoption have grown beyond mere compliance. SBOMs protect CASE vehicles and their supporting infrastructure. They go beyond mere risk management and contribute to building a culture of proactive security in an industry that is at the forefront of technological innovation.

By integrating SBOMs into their cybersecurity protocols, CASE vehicle manufacturers and regulatory bodies can ensure a higher standard of safety for drivers and passengers alike, while also protecting the integrity and reputation of their brands. SBOMs are pivotal in steering the automotive industry towards a future where security and innovation coexist seamlessly.

The Finite State Next Gen Platform: 4 Key Points

When you're looking to bring the power of SBOM to the rapidly proliferating software supply chains of today's CASE vehicles, how can Finite State help? Here are 4 key points: 

  1. Continuous Visibility: The Finite State Next Gen Platform offers real-time monitoring of software supply chains. This is critical in the CASE sector, where the software environment is highly dynamic. Continuous visibility ensures that any potential security threats or vulnerabilities in software components are quickly identified and addressed.

  2. In-Depth Risk Analysis: Finite State's platform provides the comprehensive risk assessments today's automakers need to get the full picture of the security landscape of CASE vehicles. This includes insights into potential vulnerabilities and their impacts, enabling manufacturers to make informed decisions about cybersecurity measures.

  3. Comprehensive SBOM Management: SBOM generation and management immediately contribute to the cybersecurity of CASE vehicles. SBOMs allow for detailed tracking and management of all software components, offering transparency and control over the entire software supply chain. This is particularly important for compliance with evolving cybersecurity regulations in the automotive industry.

  4. Owner Verification and Collaboration: Finite State's platform enables collaboration between CASE manufacturers, software developers, and other ecosystem partners. This feature facilitates the verification of source origins and ensures the integrity of software components, enhancing the overall security of CASE vehicles.

By integrating these features, the Finite State Next Generation Platform provides a comprehensive cybersecurity solution tailored for the unique needs of the CASE automotive industry, ensuring safety, compliance, and resilience against cyber threats.

Enhance Security through Vulnerability Management and Incident Response

Finite State significantly enhances CASE vehicle security through vulnerability management and incident response. With the complexities of software supply chains ever increasing, CASE vehicle manufacturers increasingly need the ability to swiftly identify and address vulnerabilities. This proactive approach not only fortifies vehicles against potential cyber-attacks, but also ensures the safety and reliability of their technologically advanced systems.

Align with Regulatory Compliance

Finite State also plays a crucial role in ensuring regulatory compliance, notably aligning with key automotive industry standards such as ISO 21434. As the automotive industry faces more stringent regulations, the ability to drive compliance with these guidelines becomes essential. Finite State's platform aids manufacturers in meeting these regulatory demands, thereby maintaining the legal integrity and market viability of their CASE products.

Gain Software Supply Chain Transparency

A key feature of the Finite State platform is its ability to illuminate the intricacies of software supply chains, particularly vital for connected devices and embedded systems in CASE vehicles. This transparency is crucial in identifying and mitigating risks early in the development cycle, ensuring the security and functionality of each software component.

Integral to this process is the platform's binary Software Composition Analysis (SCA), which decomposes binary images to identify and analyze each component, including embedded software and third-party libraries. This in-depth analysis by binary SCA ensures that hidden vulnerabilities within the binaries are detected, significantly enhancing the overall security posture of the CASE vehicles' software ecosystem.

Proactively Manage Risk within CASE Infrastructure

The Finite State Next Generation Platform offers real insights into the risks associated with CASE infrastructure. This ongoing assessment is integral for threat prevention, allowing manufacturers to anticipate and mitigate potential vulnerabilities. This proactive risk management is critical in an industry where the consequences of a cyber breach can be far-reaching, affecting not just the vehicle but also driver safety and manufacturer credibility.

Finite State's comprehensive SBOM solutions are tailored for the unique cybersecurity needs of the CASE vehicle industry. The Next Generation Platform offers comprehensive benefits like enhanced security, compliance support, supply chain transparency, and effective risk management. As CASE vehicles evolve, Finite State remains committed to ensuring driver safety and manufacturer assurance.