The connected car is the closest frontier for the mobility sector. However, there are serious concerns regarding the safety of these vehicles. Recent research has highlighted the high vulnerabilities of on-board software that become accessible to hackers and malicious users who can use cellular networks, Wi-Fi and physical connections. The sample of consulted tech professionals said that car manufacturers lack sufficient resources to fight threats. In fact , 62% of respondents said that their organizations do not have the skillscomputer security necessary to protect themselves. In short, connected mobility opens the door to new and unexplored threats. At stake is the safety of the vehicles and the owners themselves.
The car manufacturers are launching increasingly sophisticated features to make life easier for motorists. These are updates that, however, also make new cars more vulnerable to cyber attacks. A research group has drawn up a report on the subject specifying that as the connected vehicles arrive on the street, the software vulnerabilities become accessible to the bad guys. Cellular networks, Wi-Fi and physical connections can open the doors to vehicles and a failure to respond to these risks could be a very costly mistake, with a negative impact on consumer confidence, personal privacy and the reputation of the brand itself (Read keyless systems at risk ).
The automotive engineers and IT professionals questioned said that car manufacturers are not keeping pace with rapidly changing security threats . Car manufacturers are driving new cars with infotainment systems, autonomous driving capabilities, Wi-Fi, cellular connections and more that make them vulnerable. The study, commissioned by the automotive trade group SAE International and by the computer security company Synopsys, underlined that “Unauthorized remote access to the vehicle network and the potential for hackers to hinge on security systems they risk not only drivers’ personal information, but also their physical security . ” In 2015, hackers detected a flaw in the Jeep Cherokee due to which they could infiltrate the system and control the steering, brakes and transmission; everything from a remote laptop ( Read Tesla sends Model 3 to hackers ).
EVOLUTION IN PROGRESS
The survey, sent to over 15,000 IT professionals, developers and engineers in the automotive industry, has shown that for most respondents, car manufacturers do not have sufficient resources to fight the threats. According to 62% of respondents, their organizations do not have the information security skills necessary to protect themselves. The study is one of the latest efforts to demonstrate how technology can make vehicles very vulnerable. The report estimates that 25% of cars on the road in 2030 will be semi-autonomous or autonomous. Connected cars will account for 65% of new car sales already by 2020 .