Vehicle Cyber Security, A Serious Concern For Auto Makers At Present

Vehicle Cyber Security, A Serious Concern For Auto Makers At Present

The kind of security applied to all forms of technological devices including computers, laptops and smart phones is termed as Cyber security. As the trends have been changed with more advanced cars on roads having various kinds of electronic systems installed in them, cyber security has become a matter of serious consideration. Cars of today’s age have more processing units and communication uplinks than average sized offices.

Auto Makers and Competition

Such advancements are contributing to an already hostile environment. Each automotive company is at competition with other company in the market to offer increasingly feature-rich in-car communications. This clearly serves as an invitation for hackers to develop attacks and exploitation tools. Lately manifested and published attacks against consumer vehicles have highlighted potential risks.

17 automakers including top companies like Audi, Chrysler, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Nissan, Kia, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Porsche, Subaru, Tesla, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo have received letters by the lawmakers, who are turning up the heat on this issue of vehicle cyber security. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is also requested to provide more information on how the auto industry will deal with infrastructure and technological changes in today’s cars. These letters brought several issues to the spotlight concerning the safety of the individuals. Issues addressed are about the management of the cyber security and how these vulnerabilities are being handled.

NHTSA Mark Rosekind

The administrator of NHTSA Mark Rosekind is also asked about how the federal agency is structured to handle cyber threats to automobiles and what if any steps have been taken to study how security risks can be minimized as cars become more connected.

The automobile industry has faced a significant challenge now, though the integration and convergence of transportation with communication technologies in these advanced cars put up a bright picture of improved performance and convenience on the front screen but these features at the same time provide a gateway for potential threats.

The questions posed by the subcommittee members alluded to the extent of the challenge not just in connected cars, but in devices that connect to them, such as smart phones. The committee has requested the car companies and NHTSA that an answer must be provided to them by June 11, 2015


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