Panasonic and Trend Micro team to secure cars from cyber attacks

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Panasonic and Trend Micro have announced a partnership to jointly develop cyber security solution to detect and prevent cyber attacks against autonomous and connected cars.

The partnership aims to achieve high security of autonomous and connected cars by developing solutions to detect and prevent intrusions into electronic control units (ECUs) – computers that control driving behavior such as acceleration, steering and braking, as well as in-vehicle infotainment devices including automotive navigation systems, and telematics devices.

The risks of hackers taking control of steering and braking systems in connected cars are real. New security vulnerabilities are discovered every day and they pose a risk for remote exploitation. It is therefore more important than ever to not only implement security measures in each vehicle but also to analyze new attacks by constantly monitoring in-vehicle systems from the cloud and utilize the results to implement countermeasures against cyber-attacks to all vehicles, the companies said.

The partnership will leverage Panasonic’s Control Area Network (CAN) intrusion detection and prevention technology to detect any unauthorized commands sent to ECUs that control driving operation. It will also use Trend Micro IoT Security, a security solution for embedded devices connecting outside the vehicle with IP communications on general purpose operating systems such as Linux. The solution utilizes Trend Micro’s global security intelligence and expertise such as malware analysis, and will be implemented on IVI devices to detect attacks. Events identified by both technologies will be collected and sent to an analysis platform in the cloud to detect and block suspicious traffic.

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Panasonic and Trend Micro said they aim to launch their combined solution commercially after 2020.

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