The gateway to fleet vehicles’ internal network isn't just the infotainment system or GPS device. Wi-Fi connectivity, Bluetooth and telematics can all act as open doors. Safety is the most important concern, but the impact on both business and consumers can also be drastic.
As vehicles become more reliant on technology and fleets on connectivity, the industry must agree that car companies are also in the software business. But fleet operations don't always get the attention required from enterprise cyber security teams. According to a recent Synopsys report, 30% of auto manufacturers lack a product cyber security team or program.
Secure fleet vehicle management relies on a grasp of the expected data flow patterns between a manufacturer's fleet or vehicle models and a back-end computer system.
Fleet vehicle management employees are typically not expected to also be cyber security experts, so finding the right security partner is crucial to protect against remote threats. It may be the company's cyber security team (if it has one), its third-party wireless or internet provider, or a specialized automotive cyber security consultant.
Finally, in the event of an attack, an adequate and tested incident response plan can be the difference between a minor infraction and a disaster.
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