How Telematics is helping avoid cyber-attacks
The dark side of connected technologies is the tremendous risk of cyber-attacks, which can penetrate servers and affect real-time data networks.
We asked about the threats against Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) and Telematics to StrixEye, a private cyber security company:
Are ADAS and telematics systems vulnerable to cyber-attacks?
Yes. ADAS and Telematics could come under cyber-attack as with any other digital system. OEMs and suppliers of these technologies must apply specific cyber security solutions and protocols to set robust security around them. Nevertheless, a cyber threat risk is always valid and could happen if attackers discover any vulnerabilities in digital systems.
What would be the consequences of a cyber-attack?
- Drivers’ lives could be at risk if attackers breach ADAS.
- Attackers can change the vehicle's speed, take control of the steering wheel or render the brakes useless.
- Exposing location and crucial data may result in theft, privacy invasions and illegitimate use of assets.
What measures must fleets take to avoid cyber threats?
Ensure up-to-date software and hardware: Utilise ADAS and telematics systems with the most recent software and hardware, supported with modern security updates.
Network security: Data gathering and communication must be protected through data encryption, secure network connections and assignment protocols.
Pen test (security penetration test): Run periodic pen tests to evaluate security risks and detect and patch vulnerabilities in computer systems.
Personnel training: Fleet managers, drivers, and fleet operators must receive cyber security training to become aware of threats and how to avoid them.
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