Toyota Tsusho Corporation (“Toyota Tsusho”) announced a distribution agreement with Cybellum Technologies Ltd. (“Cybellum”), an Israeli startup that provides security services for autos. Toyota Tsusho is the first company to reach a deal with a distributor in Japan. Toyota Tsusho is a member of the Toyota group, a global corporate enterprise. The purpose is to help Japanese automakers and suppliers succeed.

Year after year, the number of connected cars with communication modules grows. Security measures against cyber security threats are urgently required with the development of connected cars, and the UN subcommittee on cyber security countermeasures (UNR155) has approved laws and measures are being taken in each country. Because vehicle manufacturers must respond to UNR155 starting in July 2022, it is projected that the organizational structure and process construction for cyber-attacks would become a concern in Japan.

Toyota Tsusho will provide the Cybellum Cyber Digital Twins platform to OEMs and automotive suppliers based in Japan. Toyota Tsusho’s deep expertise and rich experience in the automotive industry along with the strong automotive cybersecurity risk assessment expertise of Cybellum combine to create a powerful alliance. This close cooperation will ensure that Cybellum’s Cyber Digital Twins platform is available for the Japanese automotive industry to use, and is tailored to their specific needs.

Toyota Tsusho will sell Cybellum’s vulnerability management technology to Japanese automakers to enable connected car cyber risk countermeasures from development to post-launch.