Protecting an automobile network using distributed firewall system

Syed S. Rizvi, Jonathan Willett, Donte Perino, Tyler Vasbinder, Seth Marasco

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

7 Scopus citations


As the automobile industry continues to incorporate more technology into cars, the security of the "automobile network" portion of that technology is in need of tremendous improvement. The communications between the in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) systems and the essential safety systems (e.g., anti-lock brake systems) should remain secure. However, there are few to no security measures currently implemented in an automobile network. This implies that if an attacker could break into a modern vehicle's IVI system, they could possibly endanger drivers, passengers, and others. Any of the integral mechanisms of the vehicle connected to the IVI system could be open to vulnerabilities. To protect automobile networks from threats, we present a novel Hybrid Security System (HSS). The proposed HSS uses the distributed firewalls to filter malicious content (e.g., data packets) placed at each module and an electronic control unit (ECU). The HSS creates two layers of defense within an automobile network that allows flexibility for manufactures who want extra security for their cars without causing abandonment or redesigning their current security architectures. Our proposed HSS is unique from other existing solutions in that it operates on a universal platform that can reach across all automobile manufacturers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Internet of Things and Cloud Computing, ICC 2017
EditorsHani Hamdan, Djallel Eddine Boubiche, Faouzi Hidoussi
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
ISBN (Electronic)9781450347747
StatePublished - Mar 22 2017
Event2nd International Conference on Internet of Things and Cloud Computing, ICC 2017 - Cambridge, United Kingdom
Duration: Mar 22 2017Mar 23 2017

Publication series

NameACM International Conference Proceeding Series


Other2nd International Conference on Internet of Things and Cloud Computing, ICC 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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