Managing Vehicle Vulnerability Risk and Costs

by Susan Becker | June 7, 2022

Vehicles are becoming more reliant on technology every day. The speedy adoption of smart vehicles on our roads has opened up new avenues of possibility as well as risk. Electric, autonomous, connected cars and cooperative driving are transforming the automotive industry and introducing new attack surfaces for cybercriminals to target. Professional criminals, nationally legislated hackers, and even amateurs have already proven the risks of software-defined vehicles by seizing car controls remotely and otherwise taking advantage of various vulnerabilities found in vehicle code.

The Danger of Vulnerabilities

Vehicle software is as at risk of an attack as any other software, and vulnerabilities can appear at any point in the development process, from design to post-production. These gaps in the software’s security can result from misconfiguration, outdated systems, or a lack of security awareness. Since the vehicle is a cyber-physical system, the impact can be by far more severe than hacking into an IT system as a successful attack can result in the loss of lives and property damage. Regardless, cybercriminals are eager to seize the opportunity and exploit available vulnerabilities. With this landscape in mind, it’s clear why vehicle vulnerability management is regulatory mandated according to UNR 155 and following the ISO/SAE 21434 standard.

How to Protect Vehicles from Vulnerabilities

While software vulnerabilities present a significant risk to the growing software-defined vehicle market, managing the risks throughout the development process can help reduce their impact. That’s why CYMOTIVE has developed the Car Alert solution, designed to facilitate the continuous detection, prioritization, and mitigation of vulnerabilities.

In addition to upgrading security, implementing an automated solution reduces expenses and production delays while enabling manufacturers and suppliers to comply with regulation, even as they continue to develop and evolve. With Car Alert, manufacturers can receive compliance certification quickly and easily, using the documentation and evidence the system provides.

How We Keep Your Vehicles Safe

The goal of Car Alert is to advance the cybersecurity and safety of vehicles and fleets by mitigating vulnerabilities found in in-vehicle software components. The software continually monitors potential threats and will alert your team as soon as a threat is detected, allowing them to take quick and decisive action. Additionally, the system will recommend the ideal course of action to mitigate vulnerabilities and prevent future risks. The software has been field-proven to provide results and account for vulnerabilities as they appear throughout your product’s lifecycle.

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