Protection of computers in cars


On October 12, the first ever Russian Grand Prix took place. As the main sponsor and maintainer of the IT infrastructure, of course, we kept our fingers crossed for the Scuderia Ferrari team. Nevertheless, the very unique atmosphere of this event, which was held in Russia for the first time, was important. The track itself in Sochi received a very positive feedback from Ferrari team boss Marco Mattiacci, who met with Yevgeny Kasperski just before the event.

“We are very impressed with the new track, which represents the highest standards and the impressions of the drivers themselves are very positive. The facility is challenging, and this promises to be an interesting race, ”Mattiacci said. Vittorio Boero, Ferrari’s IT director, told Kasperski’s guests that during the race, the engineers were able to collect around 600 GB of car telemetry data. This information is sent to the company’s headquarters in Bologna and analyzed on-site thanks to a special server room, which consists of 30 computers. Kaspersky Lab is responsible for hardware and software protection, which has created a unique version of solutions dedicated to the needs of Ferrari. Referring to the nature of Ferrari’s requirements for IT security providers, Boero said: “Our company regularly experiences cyber attacks. It is difficult to identify the authors, so we do not know if our rivals or other entities are behind them. One thing is for sure: burglary attempts are our daily bane. „

During the race, Ferrari engineers are able to collect 600 GB of car telemetry data

Of course, the extension of the cooperation between Ferrari and Kaspersky Lab is absolutely right. Racing team computers are sometimes hidden in non-standard places, such as in the steering wheel. Now they are seemingly safe and free from cyber attacks, but one day this situation could change dramatically. When the critical moment comes, Kaspersky Lab will be on the spot to protect this unique hardware. So far, during the Russian Grand Prix, we could enjoy the logo on this unique computer (read: official steering wheel)