In today’s mobile driven world, many people have personal and work information on their cellular devices. This cyber vulnerability can put companies at risk on a regular basis that leaves them vulnerable to fleet wide hacks. In fact, 3,000 deaths could be resulted in a fleet wide hack at rush hour.
Moreover, an increase in internet connected cars will hit American Roads in 2022. About 50 million internet-connected cars operate on U.S. roadways currently. In 2022, two-thirds of all new cars will include features and systems that connect to the internet, according to a watchdog report. While internet connected cars are good for hands free devices, they’re not always so great for cybersecurity.
Here are the top eight findings from a group of more than 20 car industry engineers and insiders who helped with the risk of internet cars report.
- The head unit (sometimes called the infotainment system) is the most vulnerable part of your car. Nearly every documented a hack has used the head unit, which is complex and not designed for security
- Car companies have not prepared for the grave security implications of a connected car fleet
- Technology was never designed to protect safety-critical systems. Frequent hacks of consumer electronics to financial systems cannot be trusted in cars due to software design practices.
- In recent years, more than half a dozen high-profile hacks have been reported by connected cars. The term “bug bounty” has been reported to carmaker programs.
- Car industries are not addressing the real problem. When vulnerabilities are exposed, care industries patch individual security holes and ignore the actual design problems.
- Viruses can spread vehicle-to-vehicle by just passing through a massive WIFI hotspot that a company or private individual uses.
- Car makers do not know the origins of the software they use as security-critical component in cars are known to be black boxes.
- We are driving cars whose systems run on unfinished and under-tested software.
At MDL Technology, your company’s security is our No. 1 concern. Internet connected cars have a high risk of cyberattacks and these findings can help prevent your work information from being hacked. Learn how MDL’s Enterprise Mobility Management services can future your company prevent cyberattacks.