21 Sep 23

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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Authored by: Mufit Yilmaz Gokmen