The best way automakers can keep customers safe and mitigate threats to their own enterprise is to first hack themselves.
As automakers improve the driving experience with digital technology, they also open up new avenues for attack. The good news is that these avenues are too advanced for the average “script kiddie.” They are, however, by no means beyond the abilities of well-funded experts, as many hackers are these days.
In fact, one automaker contracted my firm well before the headline-grabbing Jeep Cherokee hack last summer to conduct an advanced attack on their entire enterprise. Within four weeks, our ten-person team of ethical hackers was able to gain access that would have allowed us to interfere with both corporate and manufacturing networks as well as conduct unauthorized interactions with the vehicles.
This ever-expanding attack surface of connected cars exposes significant risk to drivers’ safety, but it is also a serious threat to private customer and enterprise data. To maintain the public’s confidence, automotive manufacturers must develop proactive solutions that address major issues beyond the vehicle itself.
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