Symantec launches smart vehicle solution to stop zero day attacks

Anomalous behaviour detection system will protect smart vehicles from hacking attack

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Symantec launches smart vehicle solution to stop zero day attacks Symantec Anomaly Detection for Automotives will learn normal smart car behaviour and be able to detect any driving that deviates from this.
By  Mark Sutton Published  June 14, 2016

Symantec has released a new security solution which is designed to protect connected vehicles from ‘zero day' attacks.

The Symantec Anomaly Detection for Automotive is intended to prevent attacks and security flaws which have not previously been detected, by detecting and warning of anomalous behaviour in a smart vehicle's systems.

The solution is intended to protect smart vehicle systems from hacking to preserve the safety of drivers and passengers.

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 behaviour is and flag anomalous activity that may indicate an attack. Symantec says it has designed the solution to work with virtually any automotive make and model.

"The Internet of Things contains many different areas, but connected automobiles will radically alter transportation and mobile communications," said Christian Christiansen, IDC VP of Security Products. "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 a 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."

The Symantec solution is intended to learn the typical behaviour of a vehicle in precise detail, which will make previously unseen attacks more visible. The system will automatically prioritise incidents based on perceived criticality and risk, and automatically detect anomalous behaviour without the need for rules or policies created by vehicle manufacturers.

The solution has also been designed for minimal usage of vehicle memory and CPU power.

"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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