Panasonic and Trend Micro to develop cybersecurity systems for CAVs


Panasonic Corporation and Trend Micro Incorporated have formed a partnership to jointly develop cybersecurity solutions to detect and prevent cyberattacks against connected and autonomous and connected vehicles (CAVs).

With industry analysts Gartner predicting that 250 million connected vehicles (CVs) will be on the road by 2020, the number of security vulnerabilities discovered in CVs is increasing day by day. The new Panasonic – Trend Micro partnership aims to achieve high security of CAVs by developing solutions to detect and prevent intrusions into the 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.

The partners note that the risks of hackers taking control of steering and braking systems in CVs 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 use the results to implement countermeasures against cyberattacks to all vehicles.

The partnership will make use of Panasonic’s Control Area Network (CAN) intrusion detection and prevention technology and 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.

Panasonic’s technology will be able to detect any unauthorized commands sent to ECUs that control driving operation, while Trend Micro’s IoT Security, which uses the company’s global security intelligence and expertise such as malware analysis, will be implemented on IVI devices, including 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 solutions including in-vehicle and cloud systems to prevent cyberattacks against CAVs. Panasonic and Trend Micro will be working jointly on the development and aim to launch commercially after 2020.

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