New report identifies best practices for car security1 min read

04/Dec/2019

A new report released by the European Union’s cybersecurity agency has highlighted the importance of high standards – and best practices – regarding connected vehicle security.

Titled “Good practices for the security of smart cars”, the report has been produced by the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). It details the prospective challenges that are likely to face owners and users of connected and smart vehicles, with a particular focus on the potential risk of cyber attacks.

According to the report: “in recent years, there has been a growing interest in autonomous cars both from end users and manufacturers and deployment of smart cars has a growing rate in the automotive market.”

It continues: “according to a survey of 5,500 global city dwellers from all around the world, 58% of global respondents are willing to take a ride in a driverless vehicle. Acceptance rates are higher in emerging markets such as China (75%) and India (85%) than in European countries such as [the] United Kingdom (49%) and Germany (44%). However, the European economy is expected to benefit from autonomous vehicles, as EU gathers 23% of global motor vehicle production.’

ENISA’s study identifies the potential consequences of cyber attacks on connected vehicles. This can result in remote mobilisation of affected vehicles, road accidents, the loss or theft of sensitive user data, financial losses and potential danger to the safety of other drivers and road users. The report also examines existing legislation, policy and standardisation protocols aimed at integrating cybersecurity in connected vehicle technology.

Find out more via the link. The report is now available.

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