A Google self-driving car is parked at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. (Don DeBold from San Jose, CA, USA, CC BY 2.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

McAfee and Panasonic this week announced a joint venture to create a commercialized security operations center (SOC) specifically intended for autonomous vehicles – the latest sign that the cyber industry is starting to seriously ramp up efforts to address the unique safety and security challenges that connected cars will bring to the market.

“With the innovative development of autonomous driving, the advancement of digitalization, and the increasing number of connected cars, the risk of cyberattacks against automobiles is increasing every year,” read a press release from the two companies. “The Vehicle Security Operation Center will enable the provision of monitoring services to monitor connected cars around the world and contribute to the development of a safe and secure mobility society.”

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