How improving application security in the automotive industry can shorten product development time, reduce costs, and save lives.
The public's sense of security was shattered when, in 2015, white hat hackers remotely attacked a Jeep vehicle through its computer system. The infiltration seemed harmless at first — loud music blared and windshield fluid erupted uncontrollably. What first seemed nothing more than annoying turned more ominous as the engine was forcibly turned off on the highway with traffic coursing by at 70 mph.
While the attack was carried out merely to demonstrate the vulnerability, it cast a deep shadow across the entire automotive industry and raised serious questions about vehicle safety. As automobiles become more high-tech, more connected, and more reliant on applications for their everyday functions, how reliable and safe are they? What can automakers do to stem the growth of new application security risks in automobiles?