Connected car specialist acquires cyber security company

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Harman has acquired TowerSec, bringing the expertise of the company in automotive cyber security protection alongside its own 5+1 security architecture.

Harman International Industries has successfully completed its acquisition of TowerSec, a global provider of automotive cyber security, specialising in onboard network protection for connected vehicles.

“The integrity of the connected car, and eventually the autonomous car, is dependent upon secure systems that protect automobiles and their drivers from unauthorised intrusions at any angle. TowerSec enhances Harman’s automotive cyber security platform and technologies, which are already the most comprehensive in the industry today. We are pleased to bring their products in house as well as their deep talent and expertise,” said Dinesh Paliwal, Harman Chairman, President and CEO.

TowerSec’s ECUSHIELD and TCUSHIELD embedded automotive software security products will be integrated into Harman’s 5+1 security architecture, to protect the critical vehicle systems and functions from hacking and intrusions, a necessary prerequisite in all connected and autonomous vehicles. TowerSec is an award-winning global automotive cyber security company. In 2015, the company was named The North American International Auto Show’s Hottest Startup and received the 2016 New Product Innovation Award from industry analyst firm Frost and Sullivan.

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