Automotive Cybersecurity

Panasonic and Trend Micro to jointly develop cyber security solution for autonomous and connected cars

Panasonic Corporation and Trend Micro have entered into a partnership to jointly develop cybersecurity solution to detect and prevent cyber-attacks against autonomous and connected cars. The companies aim to launch the product commercially after 2020.

Trend Micro Incorporated develops cybersecurity solutions and Panasonic Corporation develops diverse electronics technologies and solutions for customers in the consumer electronics, housing, automotive, and B2B businesses.

The partnership aims to achieve high security of autonomous and connected cars by developing a solution to detect and prevent intrusions into Electronic Control Units (ECUs) that control driving behavior such as acceleration, steering, and braking, as well as in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) devices including automotive navigation systems, and telematics devices.

This partnership will leverage Panasonic’s Control Area Network (CAN) intrusion detection and prevention technology and Trend Micro IoT Security. Panasonic’s technology will be able to detect any unauthorized commands sent to ECUs that control driving operation, while Trend Micro IoT Security, which utilizes Trend Micro’s global security intelligence and expertise such as malware analysis, will be implemented on IVI devices such as automotive navigation systems to detect attacks that seek to exploit vulnerabilities through the internet.

Through this partnership, events identified by both technologies will be collected and sent to an analysis platform in the cloud to detect and block suspicious traffic. The overall development will enable the provision of a solution including in-vehicle and cloud systems to prevent cyber-attacks against autonomous and connected cars.

As the cars get more connected the associated risks are also rising and new security vulnerabilities are discovered every day. The cybersecurity of connected cars is very critical as the lives of the passengers as well as people in the vicinity of the car is in direct danger in case the hackers take control of steering and braking systems.

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.

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