What are the best ways to detect and prevent cyberattacks on today's 'connected' cars? Share your thoughts and "Sound Off!"

Today's Internet-equipped vehicles offer a range of advanced services, including safety alerts and traffic warnings. Such "connected cars," however, present new kinds of security vulnerabilities — and new roles for network-monitoring technologies like intrusion detection and intrusion prevention systems.

During a live webinar titled “Cybersecurity for the Life of the Car,” a Tech Briefs attendee asked speaker Pankil Vyas, a Senior Manager at the Stamford, CT-based connected-car technology manufacturer HARMAN, the following question:

Q: Do you think that intrusion detection systems and intrusion prevention systems can be used to monitor the security of a vehicle?

Pankil Vyas, Senior Manager, Cybersecurity, HARMAN

Vyas: I think, yes. I have seen multiple solutions out there. Intrusion detection and intrusion prevention technologies are maturing. With the machine learning and artificial-intelligence algorithms being developed now, you can train the models within the vehicle to understand what is normal behavior and what is abnormal behavior.

These intrusion detection systems are able to detect the abnormality in the vehicle, which can then be tagged as an attack. The intrusion detection systems also provide the automaker, the OEM, and the supplier with the ability to analyze an attack before they take the next step of intrusion prevention.

So, in some cases, you can do the intrusion detection. In the last 10 years, we have seen how IDS and IPS matured on the IT side. Obviously, that will apply here [in the vehicle space], but the solutions are available.

What do you think? What technologies will help to secure the connected car?

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To learn more, watch the full webinar featuring Pankil Vyas: Cybersecurity for the Life of the Car.