Harman and Airbiquity offer first end-to-end cybersecurity system for connected vehicles


Two of the global leaders in connected vehicle technologies and services announced the first automotive grade end-to-end intrusion detection system (IDS) for connected vehicles at TU-Automotive Europe 2016 conference and exhibition, which took place in Munich, Germany, on November 2-3.

With the increasing dependency on software to power vehicle systems and features, cybersecurity has become a threat to connected vehicles and the introduction of new driving assistance, vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication, and autonomous driving capabilities.

By combining Harman’s intrusion detection and prevention system inside the vehicle with Airbiquity’s cloud-based Choreo service delivery platform, and software and data management solution, the two companies can now deliver the most robust connected vehicle security threat detection and response capability for automotive customers and consumers.

Harman’s embedded Ecushield software, which provides continuous security threat monitoring and identification for internal vehicle networks, detects and logs security intrusions locally. Once logged, Airbiquity’s Choreo platform, and software and data management system, collects the Ecushield intrusion information from the vehicle, aggregates it in the cloud, and automates alerts and reports so automotive customers can quickly assess and execute security-centric actions – including the secure transmission and installation of vehicle software updates from the cloud to mitigate future threats and restore impacted systems and components.

Following the acquisition of TowerSec, a global automotive cyber security company specializing in network protection for connected vehicles, Harman offers 5+1 Cyber Security Architecture, Ecushield for in-vehicle Electronic Control Units (ECUs), and Tcushield, which is designed to be integrated into telematics control units (TCUs), infotainment and connected devices.

Airbiquity’s Choreo service delivery platform integrates the diverse spectrum of vehicle systems, connectivity devices, communication networks, back office IT systems, and content and service providers required for traditional and emerging connected car services. The company’s latest offering, software and data management, efficiently and securely orchestrates and automates highly targeted and scalable software updates and data collection for connected vehicles.

“Car hacking is a very real threat that will continue to increase as we move toward greater connectivity and autonomous vehicles, with more and more new technologies becoming part of the Internet of Things,” said Saar Dickman, vice president of automotive cybersecurity at Harman.

“Following years of research in developing Ecushield, we’re delighted to be working with Airbiquity, a likeminded partner, to offer the industry the first end-to-end IDS solution that combines our company’s embedded capabilities with Airbiquity’s comprehensive back-end software and data management solution. Our mutual goal is to help our customers in ensuring vehicles are safe and secure.”

Kamyar Moinzadeh, president and CEO of Airbiquity, added, “Integrating Harman’s Ecushield technology with our software and data management offering further strengthens our ability to deliver advanced, reliable, and secure end-to-end connected vehicle services to our automotive customers. Given the high priority of vehicle security, we believe threat detection must be a mandatory component of any connected vehicle solution, and we are delighted to partner with Harman to jointly leverage our technology assets and meet this critical need.”

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