Automotive is one of the core markets for NXP. Our high performance mixed signal technologies for Automotive applications create new ways to make cars cleaner, safer, more comfortable, and more fun. Our industry-leading in-vehicle network and sensor systems save fuel and step-up reliability and dynamics, while our RF keyless entry/go and connected key solutions add convenience and security. We consistently deliver audio and connectivity solutions that rival the best in home entertainment. Our focused R&D investments, our competencies in RF, Analog, and Digital Processing, and our relentless commitment to quality and excellence make us a long-term partner in automotive. NXP’s technology expertise enables delivery of innovative, easy-to-implement solutions that are tailored to our customers’ needs.
One of the mega trends is the evolution towards self-driving cars. Product Line In-Vehicle Networking is enabling this by bringing high-speed, CAN, LIN, Flexray and Ethernet-based data communication into the cars.
The automotive industry is nowadays facing a continuous rise of cyber-attacks and demand for more security in connected and self-driving cars. With that the regulations for automotive security are taking off as well.
UNECE WP.29 has recently developed a new regulation for cybersecurity (known as UN R155), which requires the automotive industry to provide evidence of sufficient risk management practices for security – throughout the entire lifecycle, and throughout the supply chain.
Compliance will be required to obtain vehicle type approval – making cybersecurity a mandatory requirement for new vehicles. Specifically, automotive OEMs must have a certified Cyber Security Management System (CSMS) and suppliers will need to support the OEMs; e.g., by supplying them with appropriate information to help demonstrate that supplier-related risks are identified and managed under the CSMS.
The standard ISO/SAE 21434, which was developed in parallel, is broadly recognized as means to achieve compliance with R155. NXP will therefore need to provide evidence of compliance with ISO/SAE 21434 to its customers.
Within IVN a new secure CAN transceiver family is being developed that provides a very efficient solution to secure CAN communication without using cryptography. For these products external security assessments are mandatory by security labs.
In order to step up in capabilities and efficiency, IVN wants to develop inhouse expertise for assessing security on CAN transceivers prior to the external tests.
Objective of this graduation project
The objective of this graduation project assignment is to develop an environment to execute these kinds of assessments and execute a test on a secure CAN transceiver.
This will include;
Study and review the threat model for the chosen products
Define attack vectors for the tests, including known attacks from papers and conferences
Develop a lab setup with car equivalent CAN network and processor, including (new or available) tools for hardware attacks and analysis.
Execute a test on a product and report on the results.
The successful candidate will:
Study for a bachelor/master degree in Electronic Engineering or closely related subject.
Have a self-motivated attitude with excellent attention to detail and ability to think like a hacker.
Have some experience of designing, building and testing electronic circuits.
Have some experience of software development and scripting languages.
Excellent written & verbal communication skills (English language).
Ambition for a career in IC design/Semiconductor industry
The following skills may be also be beneficial :
Experience of the Linux operating system and scripting languages like python/perl/tcl.
Experience of designing with Verilog (or VHDL).
Experience in the use of FPGA design tools and lab equipment.
What’s in it for you
Ability to develop your skills (technical, soft skills, communication, etc.)
Gaining experience in a multinational and diverse environment
Possibility to become part of NXP’s Young Professional Talent Pool
Working on real assignments which contribute to NXP’s objectives
This is a full-time internship (40 hours per week) with a duration of about 6 -9 months . The assignment is considered as a thesis/graduation project.
Please note that in order to be considered for an internship/working student, you need to be registered as a student during the entire period.
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