Harman joins forces with Airbiquity for car cyber security

November 02, 2016 // By Christoph Hammerschmidt
Infotainment system vendor Harman and automotive IT security system provider Airbiquity have introduced a comprehensive system to detect and prevent intrusion attempts to electronic systems in vehicles.

The ongoing lack of cyber security has developed to a threat to the connected car and its data communications links. The new Harman/Airbiquity Intrusion Detection Solution (IDS) combines Harman’s Intrusion Detection and Prevention system in the car with Airbiquity’s cloud-based Choreo platform that provides services as well as a data management solution. With the combined product, the partners intend to offer a solution that detects attacks and helps car designers to arrange countermeasures.

The Harman software constantly monitors the traffic across the vehicle’s internal networks like CAN, FlexRay or Ethernet data buses. It detects any intrusion attempts and logs them. If the car is connected to the cloud, Airbiquity’s Choreo platform retrieves the stored data specifying the intrusion attempt and adds them to its cloud based data repository. Based in its findings it automatically generates alerts and reports for customers in the automotive industry, enabling OEMs and service providers to quickly respond to safety-relevant events. The solution also includes the safe update of in-car software to harden the vehicle against future attacks and to recover the functionality of systems affected.

“Car hacking is a very real threat that will continue to increase as we move towards greater connectivity and autonomous vehicles, with more and more new technologies becoming part of the Internet of Things,” says Saar Dickman, Vice President, Automotive Cyber Security at Harman. “

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