The Covisint secure collaboration business unit of Detroit-based Compuware Corp. (Nasdaq: CPWR) announced the availability of a new, free white paper covering the challenges for connected vehicle security.

The white paper was rolled out Friday at the Telematics Detroit 2011 conference in Novi. Titled “Establishing a Secure Network Platform for the Connected Vehicle,” the white paper explores what a secure network is and discusses why secure network platforms are critical for connected vehicle success.

The Covisint paper notes the dramatic acceleration in the adoption of information and communication technologies in connected vehicles. In the Gartner research note on automotive telematics titled “Hype Cycle for Vehicle-centric Information and Communication Technologies, 2010,” vice president Thilo Koslowski reflected this increase, noting: “By 2016, the majority of average car buyers for a standard (volume) brand vehicle will expect at least basic Web-based information availability in their next new automobiles.”

The Covisint white paper highlights:

* The new swath of security and identity management challenges from connected vehicles;
* The importance of an agnostic approach to technology;
* The benefits of single-sign-on, eliminating the need for multiple password scenarios;
* The communication flow to and from vehicles, vehicle owners and manufacturers;
* How cloud-based services, dealer interactions, warranty info and recalls will be handled;
* The role of the mobile phone in securing a vehicle owner’s identity; and, among others,
* Provisioning issues when vehicles change ownership.

“A brand new IT device is emerging; it’s called the automobile, and it knows more about you than your personal computer does because of advanced telematics,” said Dave Miller, Covisint chief security officer. “The key issue in this ‘new identity reality’ is how to protect the driver’s privacy. Covisint, an independently identified cloud computing pioneer, not only understands this privacy-related complexity, but also thrives in managing it better than anyone else.”

The paper also can be obtained online at

Covisint enables customers to simply and securely access relevant information and applications while also managing digital identities. Covisint enables this access via a single digital identity and sign-on across virtually any combination of internal and external systems and end user groups.

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