Cybersecurity affects our everyday lives, from the small-scale phishing emails you receive in your inbox to the ransomware attack that shut down the Colonial Pipeline earlier this year and caused panic and a run on fuel.
And its not just fuel that can be affected by cybersecurity attacks, but also the vehicles themselves.
As cars become more connected and incorporate more smart capabilities, they are becoming increasingly dependent on software software that enables features that make our vehicles safe, fun and more functional for us.
The systems and services these features rely on, such as over-the-air (OTA) software updates, infotainment systems, ECUs and communication over wireless interfaces all contribute to increased cybersecurity risks for smart and autonomous cars. Automotive manufacturers are attempting to address them.
Why Are Vehicle Software Updates Vulnerable?
OTA software updates, delivered over a cellular network, Wi-Fi or other radio frequency (RF)-based methods, allow vehicle manufacturers to fix bugs as well as launch new or updated features and functions without requiring the vehicles owner to visit a dealer.
However, while OTA software updates and in-vehicle apps give cars new capabilities, not to mention the implementation of important fixes, they also present potential security vulnerabilities that must be addressed.
Whether developed in-house or within ...