Symantec Launches IoT Solution For Connected Vehicles

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Security firm Symantec on Wednesday launched IoT security solutions for connected vehicles to protect them from zero-day attacks and unforeseen security issues.

The solution called Symantec Anomaly Detection for automotive uses machine learning to provide passive in-vehicle security analytics that monitor all Controller Area Network (CAN) bus traffic without disrupting vehicle operations, learn what normal behavior is and flag anomalous activity that may indicate an attack. The solution works with virtually any automotive make and model.

The IoT solution for connected vehicles works basis its learning of the vehicle’s behaviour in a deeper and more precise way, by automatically prioritizing incidents on perceived criticality and risks, and by automatically detecting anomalies without requiring manufacturers to set rules or create policies.

According to Gartner there will be 220 million connected cars on the road in 2020. While new technologies promise to enhance the driving experience, these advancements also create avenues of attack for hackers that can endanger drivers and passengers.

A connected vehicle offers new age solutions like driverless travel, navigation, remote roadside assistance, mobile internet hot-spots, safety and accident alert system and many more.

“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 endpoints such as mobile devices and laptops. Keeping security 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.

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. The company had recently announced that it has secured more than a million IoT devices that ranges from connected vehicles to smart meters to industrial control systems.

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