Panasonic and McAfee are joining forces to establish a vehicle security operations center (SOC) to tackle the ongoing threat of cyberattacks.
Announced on Tuesday, the new partnership involves both companies jointly creating an SOC to “commercialize vehicle security monitoring services,” with a specific focus on early detection and response.
Smart and intelligent vehicle features, now becoming more common in new models, require connectivity. This is usually established through Bluetooth and internet connections, which — unless properly protected — can also give attackers a chance to establish a foothold into a vehicle’s system. In addition, software vulnerabilities can also be exploited to tamper with a car’s functionality.
While everything from machine learning-based driver assistance, maps, and entertainment apps are being developed in the automotive industry to appeal to modern drivers, cybersecurity is not necessarily being given the same attention — a gap Panasonic and McAfee aim to plug.