Can hackers take control of my vehicle and jeopardize my well-being?

As cars are becoming more connected with ADAS and V2X technology, the need for a robust, comprehensive and in-depth security framework is essential to ensure the privacy and safety of the vehicle and its occupants. HARMAN SHIELD is specifically designed to keep connected and autonomous vehicles protected against cyber threats.

​If Hollywood is to be believed, we are all being monitored and our data horded by a multitude of digital interlopers and wrong-doers ranging from troublesome teenagers to rogue organizations.

This entertaining dramatization notwithstanding, the real-world risks are not fictitious. The motivations for malicious cyber meddling with a vehicle are very real, and every channel connecting it to the outside world is a potential route for unauthorized access – making the need for a robust security framework a pivotal aspect of connected and autonomous vehicles.
According to experts, one-hundred-percent protection against cyber attacks is not and can never be possible. Nevertheless it is feasible to make the fortress of protection so strong and the potential gains from a breach so minimal as to render it impracticable and unattractive.

“The auto industry cannot afford a large-scale hacking of connected vehicles. It would pose great safety risks and damage consumer confidence. Automotive cybersecurity threats are manageable, but automakers must take a proactive approach.”

Some countries are setting up legislative frameworks to establish legal deterrents, while automakers and tier-1s are developing the necessary hardware and software. There is also the matter of social education and awareness. Consumers fully understand that locking doors and not leaving keys inside the car are standard behaviors for avoiding theft. Yet consumers should be more aware of the cyber threats of connected vehicles and understand what protective measures come as standard in their vehicles in order to strengthen trust and confidence.

​HARMAN is at the forefront of developments in the field with HARMAN SHIELD, an end-to-end Intrusion Detection and Prevention Solution (IDPS), comprised of embedded software on key components within the vehicle, such as Digital Cockpit systems, Electronic Control Units (ECU), Gateways and Telematics Control Units, alongside the Cybersecurity Analytics Center (CSAC) in the backend. The HARMAN SHIELD solution provides detection, reporting, analysis, mitigation and response capabilities for any security-related threat.​

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