Wi-Fi, Bluetooth In Cars Seen As Security Risks

Cars are becoming more connected, but automakers and their suppliers are struggling to secure the technologies used in their products, according to a new study.

The majority (84%) of security professionals have concerns that cybersecurity practices are not keeping pace with evolving technologies.

The study, conducted by Ponemon Institute for Synopsys and SAE International, surveyed 600 professionals responsible for contributing to or assessing the security of automotive components.

The majority (63%) test fewer than half of hardware, software and other technologies for vulnerabilities, and nearly a third (30%) do not have an established product cybersecurity program or team.

The greatest cybersecurity risks seen are in RF technologies (63%) including WiFi and Bluetooth, followed by telematics (60%), including steering systems (45%), cameras (29%) and electric components (17%).

The primary factors leading to vulnerabilities in automotive technologies were pressure to meet product deadlines (71%), lack of understanding or training on secure practices (60%), and accidental coding errors (55%).

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  1. R MARK REASBECK from www.USAonly.US , February 6, 2019 at 8:50 p.m.

    the whole idea is a "coding error".  a half dozen tragic accidents will dump this whole industry, and billions wasted.  people won't buy them, won't 'rent them, and will be afraid to cross the street.  How much does it add to the price of a car????   Crickets.

  2. Chuck Martin from Chuck Martin replied, February 6, 2019 at 9:04 p.m.

    Yes, Mark, you have been early in looking for the actual potential price of an autonomous vehicle.

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