Smart Car Security Threat: A Concern of Automotive Industry

Lester D'Souza, Auto Tech Outlook | Thursday, June 03, 2021

Cars connected and linked to the internet are considered a relative innovation in regulatory timelines, which leaves the market with no applicable security standards or safety certifications.

FREMONT, CA: Besides all of these fantastic connected-car features, like WiFi hotspots, navigation systems, and self-parking technologies, there are even more awesome features on the market today. People don't just use cars for driving anymore; they are interconnected systems integrated into our data networks that can exploit valuable information that is of interest to hackers. Connected vehicles will demand a broad set of skills because it will be necessary to develop a system that works safely and reliably without causing harm. Many notable vehicle security stories have brought awareness to the public of how easy it is to remotely control vehicles and how severe the risks are from that control. The gap in maturity and preparedness of the industry to deal with connected vehicle cybersecurity concerns is surprising. A system's security is of the utmost importance. The protection of our physical safety and the privacy of our personal information depends on it.

While technologies change over time, it is now possible for organizations to realize the importance of building teams with the mindset and skillsets needed for security. It is critical to both build internal teams and build the right partnerships to include proven technology solutions. The automotive industry’s areas concentrate on having strongly identifying vehicle components and creating effective mechanisms to manage vehicle systems across the lifecycle.

Below comprises some of the most common smart car security threats.

Car hack

Many smart cars pose a grave security risk because the vehicle could be hacked and manipulated by another party. Several research studies have shown that smart cars can be hacked, most often using password guessing or virus installation. These hacks can result in air or heat turning on, accelerating or decelerating, radio on, portable infotainment system, and not working safety features.

Smart car alarm hack

Smart alarm hacks allow hackers to unlock vehicles and get access to vehicle data.

Unsecured apps

Additional features may be added to smart cars using third-party apps. Nevertheless, these apps may be vulnerable to hackers exploiting them to access the smart car's technology.

People will continue to drive smart cars for the foreseeable future. As a result, standardization within the automotive industry may improve security because manufacturers must balance innovation with safety.

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