Symantec’s New IoT Solution Protects Connected Vehicles From Hackers

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Symantec, a cybersecurity solutions provider, today introduced Symantec Anomaly Detection for Automotive to protect against zero-day attacks and other issues facing modern connected vehicles.

Leveraging Symantec’s security and analytics expertise across complex networks to the vehicle, Anomaly Detection for Automotive provides the crucial ability to identify issues for early remediation, according to Symantec.

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 company said.

Key Features Include:

  • Learning the vehicle’s behavior in a deeper, more precise way, enabling automakers to see previously unseen attacks.
  • Automatically prioritizing incidents based on perceived criticality and risk.
  • Automatically detecting anomalies without requiring manufacturers to set rules or create policies.
  • Using minimal memory and CPU power with an analytics solution built from the ground up for vehicles.

Connected cars offer drivers conveniences such as navigation, remote roadside assistance and mobile internet hot spots. There will be 220 million connected cars on the road in 2020, according to Gartner. While new technologies promise to enhance the driving experience, these advancements also create avenues of attack for hackers that can endanger drivers and passengers.

“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,” he added.