There’s a new form of car theft that could only exist in today’s day and age. Ever since a Jeep Cherokee was hacked last year, drivers and car companies have been concerned over the cyber security of their vehicles. Recent reports suggest that potential for cyber security breaches in cars is on the rise. As a result, new cars are being developed with much tighter security measures. The only problem is that the expected amount of time needed for development could be up to five years before they’re ready. In the meantime, many cars will remain vulnerable. As a result, a market for anti-malware hardware and software designed specifically for cars will likely experience a large boom over the coming years.
A number of companies that in the past have created traditional software have already gone public with their plans to join that market. Symantec, Karamba Security and Savari are just a few of the numerous companies that have announced plans to release vehicle-protecting cyber security technologies. The reach of the market for cyber security in vehicles is immense. As it stands, nearly every car in the United States has some degree of automation. Assuming cyber attacks continue to invade people’s cars, it shouldn’t be long before car owners throughout the country begin buying up those products.
The hack to the Jeep Cherokee was performed by security experts, and it allowed them to assume complete control of the car remotely. Prior to this incident, there was little to no concern over the threat of cyber security in a car. But ever since it became clear that there was potential, experts wasted no time alerting the public of the imminent dangers.
Following the Jeep incident, Fiat ordered a recall of over a million cars in order to supply them with additional software. There was apparently a hole in the security that was previously considered a minor problem but the company has since changed its stance on the matter. The recall reportedly cost the company around $140 million to fix the problem. The next batch of cars with updated software will hopefully be out by 2018 but they may not be ready until 2019.
One positive aspect is the digital innovation it will inspire. Pundits are predicting that by the year 2022, most cars will be equipped with what’s being called ‘over the air’ software upgrade. This will effectively streamline updates to vehicular cyber security, effectively preventing the need for massive and expensive recalls like the one performed by Fiat.
Keep your eye out and keep your devices safe. Nowadays, that pertains to your car, but also to your mobile devices and desktop computers. If you want to keep hackers away, contact NYC IT consulting services company Netology at 203-975-9630. Netology operates all throughout New York City as well as parts of New Jersey. Give them a call today and they will make your system safe from the hackers of tomorrow.