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In recent years, the automotive industry has experienced a significant shift towards connectivity and digitalisation. With the rise of connected cars, advanced driver-assistance systems, and autonomous vehicles, the amount of software and data used in modern vehicles has increased exponentially. However, with this increased connectivity and complexity comes the risk of cyber threats. Automotive cybersecurity is the practice of protecting vehicles, their components, and the data they generate from malicious attacks.






Why is Automotive Cybersecurity Important?

The importance of automotive cybersecurity cannot be overstated. As vehicles become more connected and reliant on software, the risk of cyber attacks increases. A successful cyber attack on a vehicle can result in a variety of dangerous scenarios, including:

  1. Remote control of the vehicle: Hackers can take control of a vehicle's critical functions, such as the brakes, steering, or acceleration, and cause accidents or even fatalities.

  2. Theft: Cyber criminals can steal a vehicle by exploiting its digital vulnerabilities, such as keyless entry systems.

  3. Data breaches: Vehicles generate a vast amount of sensitive data, including location, driver behaviour, and personal information. A cyber attack can result in the theft of this data, which can be used for identity theft or sold on the black market.

  4. Malware attacks: Malicious software can be installed on a vehicle's infotainment system, compromising its safety and security features.

In addition to the safety risks, a successful cyber attack on a vehicle can result in repetitional damage and financial losses for automotive manufacturers and their customers. As such, cybersecurity is a critical consideration for the entire automotive ecosystem, including OEMs, suppliers, and dealers.

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