NTT Communications and Denso said they would collaboratively develop a Security Operation Center for Vehicles (VSOC) to respond to the threat of increasingly sophisticated cyberattacks.

The pair will establish and develop technology for the VSOC(vehicle SOC) service and its operating systems.

NTT will contribute managed IT security, including networking, cloud computing, and ICT SOC while Denso will provide claimed unique technology related to information security, communications, and data analysis in the areas of in-vehicle systems, vehicle cybersecurity and connected car development.

The two companies, both of which have extensive expertise in IT and mobility, “will work together to provide robust VSOC services that can accurately respond to evolving vehicle related cyberattacks”.

The collaboration aims to provide key services that enable prompt incident response at car manufacturers and mobility providers. Services will include:

  • Vehicle monitoring and cyberattack detection by automating the acquisition of log output from communications, connected servers, and security devices installed within vehicles
  • Detection of cyberattack trends along with the details of actual attacks against vehicles on an individual or fleet wide basis
  • Analysis of cyberattacks and threats by security analysts, reporting of results and forensic information that facilitates recovery and response efforts, and real time visualisation and alerting for customers through a client portal site
  • Vehicle security monitoring worldwide, built on NTT infrastructure and operational experience

“As the number of vehicles facing threats from sophisticated cyberattacks continues to grow, it is necessary to monitor connected cars, detect and analyse attacks at an early stage, and take appropriate measures,” a statement said.

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The two companies began developing technology to detect and analyse vehicle cyberattacks in 2017. Since 2020, the technology was further refined by simulating attack scenarios against vehicles and measuring responses to various events, including the detection of attacks and the analysis of the scope of impact using an experimental VSOC.