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kq4ym
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8/23/2017 | 5:15:35 PM
Re: Complacency - Still
I wonder if there's already some coordination among those in the aviation industry to protect data and increase security of the avionics and digital devices in aircraft. If so, I would guess there could be some lessons learned from that group that would also apply to cars and land vehicles.
mendyk
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8/10/2017 | 5:41:57 PM
Re: Complacency - Still
There are lots of different aspects to "connected car" beyond the self-driving thing. But even just focusing on that, human error happens in isolated incidents. Security breaches have the potential to happen on a massive scale. We need to understand and accept that as we move into this brave new world -- just as we have to accept that no digital system will ever be 100% secure.
Carol Wilson
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8/10/2017 | 5:33:08 PM
Re: Complacency - Still
Well it could be argued that bad drivers kill more people than cyber-criminals on a regular basis. So self-driving cars that are secured to the best of the industry's abilities might still reduce the loss of human life. 
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8/10/2017 | 4:18:37 PM
Re: Complacency - Still
In an age where we all pretty much can be frightened out of our wits by bad guys doing bad things on a massive scale, it's both reassuring and flat-out terrifying to know that we're still in eager pursuit of systems and technologies that would allow even worse things to happen. Gotta love the human race.
Carol Wilson
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8/10/2017 | 2:08:05 PM
Re: Complacency - Still
Good point Patrick, and one of the intentions of this initiative from ATIS is to look at the software architecture itself. It sounds like there are folks within the automobile industry acknowledging the issues and seeking solutions, but whether their voices will be heard at the top of their own companies might still be an issue. 
HardenStance
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8/10/2017 | 1:26:51 PM
Complacency - Still
 

Important article, Carol.

The extent to which insecure devices are filling up our homes is well understood. The ongoing deployment of insecure "things" in many enterprise uses cases is also well undesrtood.

The volume of flaws that are being revealed in connected car solutions by security testing is not so well understood, I don't think.

Some test results aren't just showing that a connected car solution vendor needs to go back and fix this and that but that, actually, their entire architecture needs be re-thought from the ground up from a security perspective.

That shouldn't be alarming from a safety perspective -  reputable car makers will ensure that insecure products never make it to the assembly line.

But it is sobering from an ICT ecosystem perspective in that it means that even in the case of  connected cars - which eveyone knows very well require bullet-proof security -  too many vendors still aren't living by the 'security first' mantra to a high enough standard.

 


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