Keeping the Connected Car protected against Cyber attacks

Connectivity enables transformation but not without its risks. As sales of connected cars continue to grow to an estimated 120 million vehicles, protecting this increasingly complex connected car ecosystem can be a difficult task, especially as the proliferation of data across different connected devices makes them more vulnerable than ever before. HARMAN Automotive Cybersecurity is a full service global business unit that has deep experience in traditional IT security and embedded security, as well as years of pioneering work in automotive cybersecurity. 

HARMAN SHIELD Solution – Enabling Threat detection and protection

HARMAN SHIELD is the most comprehensive solution to detect, manage, mitigate and respond to cyber-attacks on connected and autonomous vehicles, keeping our vehicles safe and protected.
HARMAN SHIELD introduces a modular architecture tailored to cater for different solutions, including:
HARMAN Telematics SHIELD – a full-suite for a TCU system, applying the best security technology to minimize the attack surface, including a full-fledged Intrusion and Detection System providing protection over typical vulnerabilities in external communication protocols, such as 3G/LTE and V2x.
HARMAN Infotainment SHIELD – supporting HARMAN leading Head-units, In-Vehicle Infotainment System and Digital Cockpit solutions, by providing security best-practices, addressing specifically common connectivity interfaces potential weak points, such as Bluetooth and WiFi.
HARMAN Gateway SHIELD- an on-board, cybersecurity intrusion detection and prevention system, providing protection against hacking, intrusion and disruption of critical communication on the vehicle's network.
HARMAN SHIELD for Advance Market Products continuously monitors inbound and outbound traffic over the telematics channel – including cellular, WiFi and BT interfaces. Using HARMAN’s proprietary technology, it will detect and block any malicious attempt to compromise the device and the vehicle.
All HARMAN SHIELD solutions comprises of leading building blocks to provide a modular scalable architecture. HARMAN SHIELD key components include:
  • In-vehicle agents – embedded on and protecting key entry-points to critical assets, including TCUs, Head units and central gateways. HARMAN SHIELD agents all employ HARMAN award-wining IDS technology and are equipped with full backend reporting capabilities and over-the-air updatability. 
  • HARMAN SHIELD smart client – a centralized client-side orchestrator to provide smart aggregation of data and standard reporting to the backend. 
  • Cybersecurity Analytics Center (CSAC) – a full dashboard and analytics solution providing 24/7 visibility of broad vehicular security related events from HARMAN SHIELD Agents, integrated on-top of HARMAN Ignite Platform.
  • API for 3rd party integrations – Import HARMAN SHIELD data into Security Operation Center (SOC), Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM) solutions – such as IBM QRadar and others.

Best Practices for Security by-Design

We are a strong proponent of setting security along the full-cycle of automotive engineering, from design through manufacturing and through the deployment lifecycle of the vehicle. That is why we have defined the Secure Development Lifecycle (SDL), a common framework for implementing a security-by-design approach throughout the process of our development. We are also providing consultancy services to OEMs, helping to shape security concepts and roadmaps, conducting comprehensive threat analysis methodologies, writing security specifications and supporting various security innovation projects and Proof-of-Concepts (POCs) to help OEMs validate concepts and reduce risks of adopting new technologies. Our services include:


Security concepts, design and engineering

  • Consulting and active participation in OEM’s design reviews; advise on mitigations and security solutions for potential threats.
  • Evaluating alternatives and provide active advice and engineering support on building security solutions.


Risk and vulnerability assessment

  • Executing Threat Analysis (TA) to identify which assets should be protected and against which specific threats.
  • Executing Vulnerability Assessments (VA) to expose potential vulnerabilities of systems that could be the target of malicious attacks.
  • Recommending countermeasures and providing consulting services for the engineering of security solutions to close vulnerability gaps that were previously identified.


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Defending against cyber-attacks often requires collaboration among multiple stakeholders to enhance cyber threat awareness and cyber-attack response. In order to effectively face the cybersecurity challenges, HARMAN engages with third parties, including peer organizations, suppliers, cybersecurity researchers, government agencies and other institutions. In addition, HARMAN is an active member of the Auto-ISAC, SAE/ISO & JASPAR organizations, which define and deploy industry-wide best practices and standards.


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