Security is a key item on every company’s IT agenda these days. The rise of the ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT) and the use of data make cybersecurity even more important. Even for the automotive industry, where tens of millions of cars will be connected to the internet in the coming years. But how secure are ‘connected cars’ today?
The internet has facilitated our lives in many ways. As soon as we connect something to the internet, a world of possibilities opens. In our homes, smart technology allows us to switch on the heating while we are still at work. Or use our smartphone to lower the shutters and adjust the lighting depending on our mood. Car manufacturers in turn are pushing the boundaries of our driving experiences with similar technologies. By now, connected cars are equipped with all sorts of smart features and often have WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network).
It allows our car to access more and more data, but also to generate its own data and communicate with other IoT devices and infrastructure. A connected car uses this data, for example, to get you to your destination as quickly, safely, and cost-efficiently as possible. By providing useful information about, among other things, traffic and weather conditions. It can also figure out the most economical places to refuel or charge. Your car can even help you avoid collisions and make emergency calls.