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Securing Connected Cars against Cybersecurity Risks

By Enterprise Security Magazine | Monday, May 20, 2019

FREMONT, CA – The rapid growth of automobile technology has enhanced connectivity in modern vehicles. The digital revolution in the automobile industry has made it possible for manufacturers to integrate AI-powered services to improve navigation and functionality of their products.  The integration of artificial intelligence (AI) and the internet of things (IoT) has enabled vehicles to communicate with digital devices. 

However, the integration of complex networks in the connected cars has opened new pathways for hackers, escalating the risk of cyberattacks. Connected cars are not exempt from the cyberwar raging between hackers and the corporate. As a result, manufacturers have no choice but to implement top-notch security measures to counter sophisticated cyberattacks.

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The threat of potential cyberattacks reaches far beyond the information technology department. All critical departments of automobile manufacturers such as customer service, in-house counsel, marketing, public relations, and operational management among others should work together to thwart possible cyberattacks. Hence, extensive training needs to be conducted by the organizations to prepare the employees for their role in data protection.

Government agencies and consumer organizations are enforcing regulations to ensure optimal security in connected cars. Manufacturing organizations are now required to plan and implement cybersecurity features during the planning and design stage. The software development and deployment divisions need to perform continuous monitoring to avoid any vulnerabilities and flaws. These measures will enable the companies to list and prioritize potential risks, enhance the decision-making process, and track the evolution of cybersecurity threats. It will allow the incident response teams to deal with the situations well before the danger escalates.

Especially when high-profile security breaches are on the rise, a capable incident response team will empower the organizations to take necessary precautions and promptly respond to cybersecurity threats. The operating systems in the connected car should be designed to accept upgrades and security patches deployed by the organizations remotely. Effective cybersecurity also calls for immediate response teams to guide the consumers through security procedures to mitigate risks. 

In this technological era, when hackers are becoming more and more sophisticated in their approaches, there is a need for manufacturing organizations and software-as-a-service (SaaS) providers to plan and implement precautions to thwart cyberattacks. In a minefield of continually changing regulations, future planning can help the organizations stay one step ahead to face any cybersecurity challenge.

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