Cybersecurity Hacking Poses Risk to Automotive Industry
May 19, 2022: Recently, cybersecurity hackers were able to remotely launch nine nearby Honda models, including the Honda Civic LX and Honda Civic Hatchback.
This is a worrying issue that raises the broader idea of car cybersecurity in general. In an effort to address this, Just Auto recently spoke with Bernard Montel, Technical Director of Tenable EMEA for an article.
Montel has been in cybersecurity for more than 20 years and attributes to the current trend of transformation of the automotive industry that offers an “in” for security threats.
“Computer transformation offers many opportunities,” Montel said in the article. “But with that comes the risk.”
This risk is especially high for vehicles with newer technology, such as electric vehicles. Hackers and cybersecurity attackers have more [opportunities] to collect and sell data through vehicles with a more complete electrical infrastructure.
“From the data we have, we can see that the number of cyber attacks on cars increased to 125 percent between 2018 and 2021,” Montel said. “That’s a huge increase.”
As the automotive industry continues to grow and offer more adaptations and services, Montel suggests that the industry take this threat seriously. He mentions that most of the cybersecurity threats observed so far are related to third-party software supply chains.
Understanding potentially vulnerable points in the car manufacturing and deployment process is crucial to preventing piracy.
“I have an app here and I have a car connected; I can open the car, I can open the windows, I can run the fan, I can do a lot of things,” Montel said. “By doing this I know there is potentially a risk, so we need to manage that level of risk and reduce it as much as possible, but we know in our business that zero risk does not exist.”