Cybersecurity Challenges in the Automotive Industry

The automotive industry is undergoing a drastic change. We’re at a point, now, where technology has total control over automobiles. With the emergence of connected cars and the complex software that controls them, there’s growing concern about the security of the operating technology.

As a part of the Internet of Things (IoT) movement, cars have the potential to host passengers that are more productive and safe during transit. However, the increased connectivity also creates a greater attack surface on the vehicle’s controller area network, and just one attack could be detrimental. The connected car future may seem far off, but we’re already seeing concrete examples tested in the real world, with self-driving Tesla cars and advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) with adaptive cruise control, driver fatigue detection, and collision avoidance. If a malicious hacker gets behind a cyberphysical feature, they have the power to make automotive decisions that have real, and potentially fatal, consequences.

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