Vehicle Cybersecurity – Understand What’s at Stake

Organizations all over the world are becoming increasingly susceptible to cyber threats that are constantly evolving and growing in sophistication.

The transportation industry especially is undergoing a complete transformation as the need grows to secure the systems that control operations. Transportation drives the flow of commerce and any disruption could potentially translate to billions of dollars lost.

Bad actors will initially survey a system to determine potential holes in the software, then invest the time necessary to engineer the exploit and attack. Embedded systems need to be secure all the way down to the lowest level of vehicle functionality. This includes reverse engineering binary files, running dynamic analysis on real-time functionalities and wireless frameworks and producing proof of concept results. There are many angles that hackers consider in infiltrating a system and companies should be aware of every single one of them, or risk being the next headline.

New technologies such as V2X communication infrastructures and OTA updates are being adopted by Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), paving the way for attack surfaces within these systems to grow exponentially. Furthermore, autonomous technologies are nearing full adoption for commercial and passenger markets. These systems are the perfect target for hackers regardless of whether they are looking for reward or total disruption in the system. Not addressing the risks appropriately could lead to data theft, liability issues, incompliance with regulatory automotive standards and the massive disruption of supply chains.

The best time to ensure systems are designed with security in mind is before deployment. For the systems already deployed, it’s not too late to consider a comprehensive vulnerability assessment to identify potential threats. Our approach at AIS mirrors the actions an adversary would take to compromise a system.

AIS is a trusted cybersecurity partner in securing transportation systems and associated infrastructures. From secure system design and development to security testing and implementation, AIS works to ensure that the systems within consistently perform in a reliable, safe and secure manner. We do this by following a cyclic assessment process, which can be viewed here.

Much of our work is unable to be publicized but check out what we did for DARPA under the High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems (HACMS) project. Choose security today. Learn more about what AIS can do to ensure your products’ embedded systems remain secure.

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