The Connected Car Expo last month was a great success and very well attended as well it should be. The connected car brings a lot of new exciting possibilities to both consumers and the industry, but it also provides a lot of opportunity for hackers. In fact, in a recent McAfee Labs Threats Prediction Report (based on research from Intel in particular), they predicted that there would be a “major attack” directly associated with Internet of Things (IoT) devices, which includes automobiles.
MBtech Consulting (Mercedes’ Technology Group) released a 2015 trend report on the connected car that cited several key factors to success, including:
Attractive, versatile aftermarket solutions from third-party providers will become established on the market in the medium term, but one key factor in ensuring and promoting acceptance of in-car connectivity will be to open up the system while maintaining the vehicle’s system security
Accessing the car’s network and issuing commands to the automated steering, parking, braking, or driving mechanisms is not only a potential danger to the occupants of the car but also surrounding vehicles. As with any other piece of software, software in a connected car needs to be “hardened” to resist hacker attacks. And this was driven home in several panel discussions and speeches at the Connected Car Expo.
We’ve shared a couple of these panel discussions here for you to watch:
Automotive Cybersecurity: A Frank Discussion
Fortifying a City: The Dangers Hackers Present
The Automotive IoT: What Devs Need to Know
What is needed is a comprehensive security solution that enables enterprises to capitalize on the IoTs while making sure their applications are secure; protection for the entire application that shields the entire software, including the data it processes.