The IntSights’ report name was Under the Hood: Cybercriminals Exploit Automotive Industry’s Software Features. The report identifies the inherent cybersecurity risk and vulnerabilities manufacturers face as the industry matures through a radical transformation towards connectivity.
Car manufacturers offer more software features to consumers than ever before, and increasingly popular autonomous vehicles that require integrated software introduce security vulnerabilities.
Widespread cloud connectivity and wireless technologies enhance vehicle functionality, safety, and reliability but expose cars to hacking exploits. In addition, the pressure to deliver products as fast as possible puts a big strain on the security capabilities of cars, manufacturing facilities, and automotive data.
“The automotive industry faces some unique challenges. Aside from the need to protect their IT and OT from attacks seen in other industries, they also have to identify issues and protect the vehicles themselves. With more onboard computers, more connectivity and more personal devices connecting – the attack surface is constantly growing and the attackers have taken notice,” said Etay Maor, Chief Security Officer, IntSights.
He also said, “A lack of adequate security controls and knowledge of threat vectors enables attackers to take advantage of easily acquired tools on the dark web to reap financial gain. Automakers need to have a constant pulse on dark web chatter, points of known exposure, and data for sale to mitigate risk.”
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