Trends To Impact Automotive Cybersecurity

Auto Tech Outlook | Friday, February 22, 2019

Automotive industry might look stasis for cybersecurity, but there is a lot more going on to tackle the same. OEMs and their tier partners are joining hands to address the issue. Besides, chipmakers and cybersecurity vendors are working in tandem to mould new solutions for automakers. In the proximate future, several trends will affect cybersecurity standards in the automotive industry. Some would bolster the security system, and others would make it face crunch time.

Autonomous Vehicles

The most evident and awaited project of automakers which might find reality grounds very soon. Fully autonomous vehicles will comprise a plethora of sensors which will provide an easy target for carrying out malicious activities. As an outcome, manufacturers will have to invest heftily on vehicle security, both physical and cyber. Hackers will target their malicious intentions towards automated cars giving manufacturers security nightmares.

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ECU Targeting

Advanced vehicles now include ECU to control most of the features like telematics and infotainment. Increasing demands of more such features with automation has bound manufacturers to consolidate ECU for better functioning and control over the vehicles. It sounds great to have more automatic features, but the other side of the coin is, ECU with higher control will enable hackers to get control over the vehicle and might harm passengers with accidents.

Monetised Attacks

Vehicles are becoming more personalised as more personal data is being stored in them. Data is a lucrative target for hackers which means scenario of vehicle ransom would also come into existence. Hackers can even trade this data to various criminal organisations for the bad. Monetisation of cyber attack—a nightmare that might turn out to be the reality soon—is undoubtedly going to nag automotive cybersecurity vendors.

New Data Regulations

Current security guidelines and regulations lack to meet the required need. Cyber attacks are evolving rapidly, but the same is not with data regulations. But now after the advent of GDPR, new data regulations for the automotive industry are soon to go on trials. It is anticipated that the breakthroughs being introduced in ordinances will be adequate to address the present drawbacks and will aid automotive manufacturers to tackle cybersecurity.

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