Auto Industry Facing Increasing Cyber Security Threats With Vehicles
While the auto industry continues its push toward autonomous vehicles the capability for individuals to remotely access those vehicles increases. In the attached article a researcher (i.e. hacker) was able to remotely access several fleet vehicles and turn them off using an application the fleet owner uses to monitor the whereabouts of its fleet. Technology drives just about everything we do today, including automobiles, with visions of the Jetsons in our head. The lessons from the past are relevant though, a computer can be hacked based on vulnerabilities and what is secure today will not be secure tomorrow once the innovation runs its course.
It is really difficult for me to trust what the auto manufacturers are saying regarding cyber security being top of mind when from a sales perspective it’s a race to have the newest and greatest technology in your vehicles. In that race to the top, oftentimes things are overlooked or traded off, and who has their eye on the ball regarding cyber security may have blinders on or succumb to pressure to get the vehicle to the market.
My years of watching the selection of technological innovation over security and privacy has made me too skeptical, I think. As with everything new, time will tell which auto makers were serious about the very real threat of remote access to vehicles. It is true what was said in the article everything is not like it is in the movies, remote access to vehicle is not likely, However, it wasn’t that long ago that autonomous vehicles were just seen on TV, life imitates art.