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Symantec Releases Technology to Protect Cars from Zero Day Attacks

Symantec Releases Technology to Protect Cars from Zero Day Attacks

A new IoT security solution has been introduced by Symantec this week which is designed to protect users from zero-day attacks and any threats they might see which might be as a result of threats never encountered before.

The news by Symantec’s comes a few months after the FBI recently revealed that there were remotely exploitable cyber vulnerabilities which were affecting most of the modern motor vehicles. Security researchers have indicated in the last few months that the various cars on the market such as Toyota Prius, Tesla Model S, the Jeep Cherokee and the Nissan Leaf can all be exposed to hacker attacks because of the flaws that are contained in their connected systems.

And it was just last week when some UK researchers disclosed that the Mitsubishi Outlander plug-in hybrid electric vehicle was being haunted by various cyber attackers who were using them to control a portion of the car’s features.

The technology, the Symantec Anomaly Detection for Automotive leverages the machine learning technology to help them provide with the passive in vehicle security analytics. This is the one which is there to help with monitoring the Controller Area Network bus traffic and it does all of this without even interrupting the vehicle operations.

In a statement, Symantec said that most of the connected cars were being used by drivers to help them with features such as navigation, remote roadside assistance, and even the mobile internet hotspots. Gartner estimates that by 2020, 220 million connected vehicles will be available on the road. New and innovative technologies are coming into the driving experience to help, but as such they are also producing avenues for cyber attackers to break into the cars and endangering people.

Symantec said that the new technology which was built from the ground up would help drivers as it would learn the behavior of the vehicle, and it would also help the car manufacturers to learn the previous attacks better. The offering can also prioritize the cases which are looked at the perceived criticality, and can also set the rules or any policies created.

The senior director of product management and engineering at Symantec, Shankar Somasundaram, said the automotive threats were now a reality in the world. He said that they were implementing the same technology which was being put into safeguarding homes and trillions of dollars for cars.

Symantec stands as one of the few players in the security industry who are trying to help and also capitalize at the problem that the car industry is facing at the moment. A Tel Aviv-based security firm, Argus Cyber Security, also focused on the automotive industry and managed to raise $26 million in funding from Series B funds. Karamba Security is another security company also looking to make inroads in automotive industry security.

The Symantec Anomaly Detection for Automotive is available in most markets worldwide.

About Ali Raza

Ali Raza is a freelance journalist with extensive experience in marketing and management. He holds a master degree and actively writes about crybersecurity, cryptocurrencies, and technology in general. Raza is the co-founder of, too, a site dedicated to educating people on online privacy and spying.

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