VicOne and TomTom partner on in-car data privacy

Automotive cybersecurity solutions companyVicOne is partnering with geolocation technology firm TomTom on protecting data privacy in-vehicle through purpose-built smart cockpit cybersecurity software.

They say that, focused on delivering greatly enhanced and more secure services to car users to extend their cabin experience, automotive ecosystem players are now planning to provide in-vehicle infotainment apps, for conference calling or gaming for example.

“Adding these expanded applications could make the vehicle more vulnerable to cyber-attacks, leading to the theft of car users’ personal information,” they explain in a statement. “Drivers can protect themselves against these threats with the VicOne security app that can be downloaded and installed on their IVI system. This safeguards private and personal information that cyber-thieves can steal from in-car phone or video calls using malicious IVI apps or vulnerable browsers. VicOne detects these malicious apps and URLs and alerts car owners to avoid opening them.”

The VicOne solution also allows car owners to block these apps to prevent future exposure. In addition, its solution includes personal data surveillance, monitoring everything from email addresses to bank account numbers, credit card details, social security numbers. When this sensitive personal information is leaked, VicOne notifies car owners so they can take action immediately to protect themselves and their data from being compromised

“A connected cockpit unlocks a world of possibilities and potential pitfalls, and our partnership with VicOne underscores our everlasting commitment to ensure a uniquely safe and secure driver experience,” said Paul Hesen, VP Product Management, TomTom. “Together, we are able to provide a single, consistent, cohesive and task-oriented digital cockpit that delivers peace of mind for consumers when inside the car.”

“With cars becoming supercomputers on wheels, the combination of comprehensive threat intelligence with network security expertise is more critical than ever,” said Edward Tsai, Vice President of Strategic Partnership at VicOne. “While personalised information is the future of mobility, a future-ready threat protection in-cabin is required. VicOne and TomTom share a vision for better digital lives in the cockpit, now we can bring the automotive ecosystem a step closer to this future.”

(Picture – VicOne)


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