How Vulnerable is My Car to Cyberattacks?

Baltimore car accident lawyers discuss how vulnerable is my car to cyberattacks.Smart technology has grown exponentially in the last decade. Its application has extended to phones, televisions, security systems, appliances, and even cars. Automobiles that are connected to the internet assist drivers by providing Global Positioning System (GPS) that gives directions and helps drivers avoid car accidents on their routes. Smart technology also provides information regarding accidents and allows drivers to dispatch emergency services. However, these benefits also have some drawbacks, like distracted driving and cybersecurity issues of the vehicle. Security issues in smart technology makes drivers vulnerable to potential cyberattacks. A new study published in the Journal of Crime and Justice analyzes some of these technological threats that stem from automotive smart technology.

Study Reveals Potential Cyber Risks

Researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) examined how a technical threat may be reduced by a driver applying the routine activity theory of crime. Their findings show that several mistakes emerge from automotive technology, such as the responsibilities, or fault, of the driver. For questions regarding who is responsible for the vehicles’ central computer systems and what policies can be developed to protect drivers of connected vehicles remain unclear. The study suggests that automotive and equipment manufacturers play a more active role in mitigating the risks associated with cybersecurity.

Routine Activity Theory of Crime

The routine activity theory of crime speculates that three elements must co-exist for a crime to take place; this includes the likely offender, a suitable target, and the absence of a capable guardian. In the context of automotive cybersecurity, there is a lack of a guardian that is legally responsible for protecting data. The event of a security breach is an issue that remains unsettled.

Increasing Risk of Cybersecurity Breaches

By 2021, 82 percent of all shipped cars are expected to be connected, according to Business Insider Intelligence. These connected cars are more vulnerable to security risks. Data that is gathered and stored on smart devices in the vehicle can be accessed by hackers. The information collected is used to steal cars, gain control of vehicles, or obtain other sensitive information. The upcoming security risk caused the author of the study to emphasize the need for manufacturers to step into the capable guardian role.

Protecting Connected Cars

MSU researchers suggest that manufacturers take the lead when it comes to vehicle security. Cybersecurity is an ongoing process that requires regular system patches and updates. Automotive and equipment manufacturers should work with software vendors and dealerships to establish an active guardian process. The capable guardian role needs to be enforced to clear confusion on what party is responsible for cybersecurity attacks.

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