Connected car features require code, indeed an explosion of in-vehicle code. Experts say a Ford pick-up truck contains applications with 130 million lines of code compared to a mere 6.5 million lines in a Boeing Dreamliner.
Furthermore, the benefits that transport and logistics software derive from connected vehicles depend on open communication – V2V (communications between vehicles) and V2X (communications between vehicles and other devices).
It is easy to imagine how a mix of open communications and large volumes of computer code creates the opportunity for malicious actors to pose threats to connected car security. In turn, logistics and transport operators need to be increasingly aware of cybersecurity threats where, in the past, cybersecurity was of little concerns.
Connected fleets present a disconcerting mix of physical dangers and privacy concerns. As we suggested, millions of lines of code alongside open connectivity present countless opportunities for hackers. The result is that malicious actors can take an opportunistic approach around several areas:
Clearly, logistics operators are at risk of losing a large degree of control with connected car security due to the code-intensive and open nature of today’s fleets.
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Logistics operators can reduce the risks around connected car security by focusing on important security touchpoints.
These are just a few of the touchpoints in connected car security that companies must tie down. There is, however, a challenge in that the number of touchpoints is rapidly multiplying as vehicles become more intelligent, and more connected.
With so many aspects of connected car security a cause for concern, logistics and transport operators need to take a very comprehensive approach to security. Doing so can be a challenge as transportation and logistics enterprises may short of the security expertise needed.
A recent study found software security is not keeping up with the technology of the automotive industry: 63% of respondents from the industry said they test less than half of their hardware, software and other technologies for vulnerabilities. Only 10% have an established cybersecurity team.
ELEKS has been delivering logistics software solutions for decades, helping companies optimise their operations. We are security experts too – trusted with the most business-critical of enterprise systems. As a result, we can deliver the security advice logistics operators need to minimise the growing risks from connected cars.
Get in touch to find how we can help your enterprise stay ahead of the threats modern transport fleets face.
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