Protecting Connected Cars from Cyberattack

Innovative automakers, software developers and tech companies are transforming the automotive industry. Drivers today enjoy enhanced entertainment, information options and connection with the outside world. As cars move toward more autonomous capabilities, the stakes are rising in terms of security.

Even if cars are not entirely driverless, their built-in functions are increasingly dependent on applications, connectivity and sensors. Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications already allow a car to interact with service providers and infrastructure such as traffic lights. With vehicle speed adjustments, telematics and AI voice recognition and interfaces set to become common features, the risks are growing at an alarming rate.

The rapid increase of these technologies inevitably creates a rich target for hackers looking to gain access to personal information and control the essential automotive functions and features. The real possibility to access information on driver habits for both commercial and criminal purposes, without knowledge or consent, means attitudes toward prevention, understanding and response to potential cyberattacks need to change.