Symantec launches connected auto security software

Symantec Anomaly Detection for Automotive aims to passively monitor connected cars to thwart security threats.
Written by Larry Dignan, Contributor

Symantec has expanded its Internet of things lineup with an effort to spot security anomalies for connected automobiles.

The security company launched Symantec Anomaly Detection for Automotive, which is a suite that aims to analyze and spot security threats early and neutralize them.

With the move, Symantec is hoping the Internet of things can be a key growth market for the company. Symantec also has embedded security tools, code signing and managed public key infrastructure to secure Internet of things end points.

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The general idea behind the software is that Symantec will use machine learning to analyze an automobile's Controller Area Network passively. Symantec's automotive anomaly software will then learn normal behavior and flag things that may point to an attack. Symantec Anomaly Detection for Automotive will work with most makes and models, said the company.

Symantec's software will be embedded into cars and presumably sold to auto manufacturers. The application will prioritize incidents based on risks, be invisible to the driver and use minimal memory and computing power.

According to Symantec, Anomaly Detection for Automotive is available now.

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