Threat Intelligence

September 14, 2015

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Security Advice to Tesla and the Auto Industry

After hacking a Tesla over the past year, Kevin Mahaffey came to a simple conclusion: “When you connect a car to the Internet, it is no longer just a car: It is a computer on wheels.”

He recently published his thoughts in an Op/Ed with TechCrunch, which you can read here.

Computers need a special kind of security attention. It’s not enough to crash plastic humans into walls anymore. Kevin notes:

“It is inevitable that automobiles — alongside every other essential technology in our lives — become connected. Given how important cars and trucks are to both individuals and the world’s economy as a whole, it’s entirely expected that attackers will focus their energy on disrupting vehicles’ (hopefully) well-designed systems.

Thankfully, nothing catastrophic has happened yet, and the auto industry is in position to take necessary action to get ahead of this problem. However, it needs to learn from the software industry’s experience on the front lines of the Internet, something most auto manufacturers have yet to do.”

Check out the op/ed and let us know what you think!