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Vehicle Management by IT Control Systems to Ensure Security and Safety of the Occupants and Members of the Public

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246253D
Publication Date: 2016-May-19
Document File: 3 page(s) / 35K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method and system to automatically manage the configuration of computerized systems within a vehicle to increase the security and safety of the vehicle. Along with driverless technologies, the unique approach applies traditional information technology (IT) control systems to vehicles.

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Vehicle Management by IT Control Systems to Ensure Security and Safety of the Occupants and Members of the Public

The complexity of vehicles is increasing, requiring computer systems and features to provide performance enhancement, increased efficiency, and driver/passenger convenience. To provide these benefits, vehicles connect to each other and the rest of the world over the network; however, these connections also increase opportunities for security threats. Attackers can violate the internal control systems of automobiles, disable features, and seize control of functions for acceleration, brakes, and steering. This can create serious concerns for the safety and security of the vehicle occupants. This also affects other vehicles such as airplanes, trains, and boats.

No known apparatus exists that enables a vehicle to be placed in an information technology (IT) control system; although a number of IT control systems do exist. An effective management control system needs to be created to ensure and enforce proper settings for securing vehicles.

The novel contribution is a method and system to automatically manage the configuration of computerized systems within a vehicle to increase the security and safety of the vehicle. The unique approach takes the traditional IT control system further by targeting vehicles. The proposed system utilizes driverless technologies to increase safety. In the event a vehicle is compromised, the system takes the appropriate actions to disable/reconfigure/reroute the vehicle to ensure the safety of the occupants. Some examples of such a situation include but are not limited to unauthorized use (e.g., stolen vehicle, unsafe driving, etc.), a train moving too fast to navigate the track, or an airplane or boat off course. The system could automatically guide the vehicle to a safe location or speed.

The chief novelty of this solution is that it focuses on the specific aspects of various vehicle computer settings and the effects of these settings on the vehicle's security. Securing the computer system in a connected vehicle world ensures that the vehicle does not endanger the occupants or the public. In addition, the novel system can present solutions to a detected problem with the vehicle. Prior art might present ideas for ways to handle the problem, but not ways to detect the existence of that problem.

The idea is also novel because it compensates for the deficiencies and/or expands the capabilities of existing systems to present a better solution. For example, an add-on component of one server system receives updates from the software provider, but only deploys the updates upon approval and a manually scheduled install. It enables administrators to group the managed systems, and then approve or reject patches for each group. Systems added to groups after approvals analyze the current patching level and must install any missing patches that were previously approved for that group. Systems configured to...