Vehicles are Vulnerable
Vehicles have shown their vulnerabilities. From the earliest points of manufacture, vehicles have been produced with vulnerabilities, for the most part unintentionally. These have ranged from the mechanical (door locks) to the computer related. These have been well known by their manufacturer’s engineers at times. This has become quite a problem so that the FBI published a public service announcement alert, #I-031716-PSA. This noted the researchers were able to demonstrate a vehicle having vulnerabilities that were able to be exploited.
This has become much more of a problem due to the connectivity we now experience in our digital world. In recently engineered vehicles, there has been an increasing use of computers, which has increased the risk of cyber-attack (Mearian, 2016; Sonawane, 2016; & Shackford, 2016). While consumers may enjoy this connectivity, with this increase consumers have to maintain the awareness of potential, and cybersecurity threats to their vehicles and take appropriate steps to minimize this. (Kravets, 2016).
As noted, the FBI in conjunction with the NHTSA have warned the public via a public service announcement of potential threats (Rockwell, 2016). To research this, the NHTSA started the Electronic Systems Safety Research to conduct research on the safety, security, and reliability of vehicle systems in modern vehicles on the electronic systems that are interconnected (NHTSA, 2015). That research is ongoing and should provide the public and government agencies with information about vulnerabilities that can be mitigated.
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NHTSA. (2015, July). NHTSA and vehicle cybersecurity. Retrieved from http://www.ngtsa.gov/staticfiles/administration/pdf/presentation_speeches/2015/NHTSA-Vehicle-Cybersecurity-07212015.pdf
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Charles Parker, II, has been coding since the mid-1980’s, and has been working in the finance, auto manufacturer, and health industries seeking secure solutions for issues for over 17 years. Charles has an MBA, MSA, JD, LLM, and is a doctoral candidate for a PhD in Information Assurance and Security