BlackBerry’s chief security officer says connected vehicles require higher security standards because of the safety risks they present if hacked, according to a report by Computer Weekly.
“Somebody who hacks a sensor may not necessarily pose a safety risk, though a hack on my car could take over the controls and steering wheel,” Alex Manea told the publication in an article posted online Dec. 6.
The auto industry is already developing ways to keep connected vehicles secure.
The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration released its Cybersecurity Best Practices for Modern Vehicles in October 2016.
BlackBerry, the Canadian cellphone company turned software specialist, has a vested interest in making vehicles more secure. Its software, including its QNX operating system, is already widely used by automakers. And in October 2017, BlackBerry extended to automakers and suppliers the cybersecurity consulting service it already offers governments and businesses.
“The automotive industry is the most mature among all [internet of things] verticals, and it’s one that will provide the most value in the short term,” Manea told Computer Weekly. “It’s also where we’re getting a lot of demand from customers.”
The “internet of things” is a broad term referring to anything connected to the internet.
In November 2017, the tech company from Waterloo, Ont., partnered with Indian design company Tata Elxsi to develop automotive security for connected cars.
According to the Cybersecurity and Connected Car Report from IHS Automotive, nearly 112 million vehicles around the world are connected. The global market for automotive cybersecurity could reach US$759 million by 2023.