Self-driving Cars New Ground For Risk

Technology is moving at an alarming speed and Self-driving cars pose a huge threat if they aren’t designed with security at the forefront.

Self-driving cars

As we all become more tech savvy and technology becomes more and more integrated with our everyday lives’ automation offers new and terrifying risks. The concept of automated driving does bring some benefits such as more effective road transportation as cars will be able to run at optimum speed with less incidents if they all run correctly. Picking the best routes and allowing more productivity on car journeys is another prospect this offers.

Self-driving risks

Hypothetically someone could take over notable individuals’ cars or over a fleet of cars and hold certain roads/people hostage. As this is groundbreaking design it is quite hard to make a full judgement on how this will work in a real-world scenario.

What could the future look like in prevention

Prevention for scenarios like this could be anti-virus for cars, this would be looking at who is left responsible for the vehicle. This would be the assumption of the car being connected to the internet and attacks being possible over a global network.

Geolocation

Cars being self-driven would have to use a form of geolocation to plan routes and track where they are and events. An interesting interaction would be a VPN being used to effectively scramble this if an internet connection is required to run.

Last week’s cyber news article is available here.

An article on googles self-driving cars is available here.

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Alex Cunningham
Alex is an information governance graduate, his main role is to support clients on how to help mitigate information security risks. Having recently graduated with a degree in Cyber Security with a focus on user-based security issues and risks. Alex enjoys playing video games, watching movies and going outside to visit new places with his dog Ruby.
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