Symantec Unveils Security Solutions For Connected Cars

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jul 14, 2016

Cars Symantec cybersecurity firm launched Symantec Anomaly Detection for automotive solution to protect connected cars against zero-day attacks. The solution provides the ability to identify issues so they can be remedied early.

Connected cars offer conveniences like navigation, remote roadside assistance and mobile internet hotspots to drivers and passengers. As per Gartner, there will be 220 million connected cars on the roads by 2020. While such new technologies promise to enhance the driving experience, they are also prone to hacking attacks that can endanger drivers and passengers as reported by TOI.

The solution provides passive in-vehicle security analytics that monitor all Controller Area Network (CAN) bus traffic without disrupting vehicle operations. It can also learn what normal behavior is and flag anomalous activity that might indicate an attack. This is Symantec’s fourth solution designed to serve the auto industry.

“As connected automobiles become the norm, security issues have already drawn attention. Driven by opportunity, manufacturers and their suppliers will partner with cybersecurity vendors on securing connected cars as they would with any other networked endpoint, such as mobile devices and laptops. Keeping security on top of mind will not only help ensure the safety of drivers and passengers, but also build trust in the car manufactures and the overall Internet of Things ecosystem,” said Christian Christiansen, IDC VP of security products.

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Symantec is securing more than 1 billion IoT devices, ranging from cars to smart meters to industrial control systems. 

Symantec Anomaly Detection for Automotive is the latest example of Symantec’s investment in the industry’s most comprehensive IoT security solution. Symantec recently announced that the company is securing more than 1 billion IoT devices, from cars to smart meters to industrial control systems. This is Symantec’s fourth solution designed to serve the auto industry, in addition to Symantec Embedded Security: Critical System Protection, Code Signing, and Managed Public Key Infrastructure. More information about Symantec’s work with automakers, chipmakers and other forward-thinking companies to block hackers’ inroads into vehicles can be found in the whitepaper, “Building Comprehensive Security Into Cars.”

“Automotive security threats have gone from theory to reality,” said Shankar Somasundaram, senior director of product management and engineering at Symantec. “Symantec is bringing the world’s most comprehensive portfolio of security technologies to the car. The infrastructure and technology that already helps protect billions of devices and trillions of dollars now protects the car. We’re building long-term comprehensive security all while delivering ground breaking protection for cars today.”

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