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Panasonic focuses on cybersecurity for autonomous cars

The Japanese firm said the system detects and prevents cyber attacks in connected and autonomous cars

Panasonic Corporation announced the development of an automotive intrusion detection and prevention systems to prevent cyberattacks in autonomous and connected cars.

Panasonic said its newly developed system will ensure safe driving with autonomous and connected cars by detecting the intrusion of attacks and viruses to the vehicle system due to cyber attacks and discarding and disabling them using the prevention system. The Japanese company also said the new offering will make it easier to comply with future in-vehicle security legislations.

“Connected cars are connected to the Internet, so like current IT systems, they can receive cyberattacks from around the world. By using Panasonic’s newly developed systems, they have the possibility to detect cyberattacks in real-time while simultaneously preventing them,” Panasonic said in a release.

The system detects intrusions of attacks from the internet at an early stage, and additionally detects intrusions to the in-vehicle network as a second step, Panasonic said.

In addition to the widely used Controller Area Network (CAN), the systems are also compatible with Ethernet, which is expected to spread in the future as an in-vehicle network, and enables comprehensive detections of intrusions to the entire vehicle, the company added.

By collecting information from multiple vehicles on the cloud, the systems can detect attacks before they are identified as a true security incident.

The system consists of a vehicle-installed ‘monitoring module’ and a ‘monitoring cloud’ that is linked to the monitoring module. The vehicle-installed monitoring module monitors the entire vehicle based on the monitoring rules. “By using the company’s newly developed systems, once the attacks that cannot be detected with existing monitoring modules are discovered, the systems can prevent new attacks by updating the monitoring rules from the monitoring cloud,” Panasonic said. “Therefore, it helps to maintain safety even after the vehicle is released on the market. Also, by grasping signs of attacks before they are identified as true security incidents, they are possible to implement countermeasures in advance so that they can minimize the effects of the attacks.”

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