Report: Remember McAfee? It’s into vehicle cybersecurity now

From computers to cars
by Drei Laurel | Mar 24, 2021
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There was a time when McAfee was one of the go-to software for your desktop’s antivirus needs. Now? It looks like the company has its sights set on fulfilling a different kind of cybersecurity: The one in our cars.

According to a report by Nikkei Asia, the antivirus software developer and tech giant Panasonic are teaming up to monitor cyberattacks on behalf of car manufacturers. The two companies will be building a “vehicle security operation center” and plan to begin the service in 2024.

 

Basically, the service—which is subscription-based, by the way (because what isn’t these days?)—will collect data from compromised cars and send its findings to car brands. Said car brand will then use this data to take appropriate actions like releasing security updates. This is as far as the report goes in terms of specifics, though.

Considering how dependent many vehicles are on staying connected these days, cybersecurity in cars is a really concerning issue. The threat of someone taking control of your ride is actually more real than ever. The threat is so real, in fact, that carmakers have begun banding together to deter cyberattacks.

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Well, we guess all the cybersecurity risks modern car ownership presents is just one more reason to love old-school autos. Now if only we can figure out where that damned AUX cable went. It has to be under this seat somewhere…

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