Automotive Cybersecurity Challenges

Loss of revenue
Reputation damage
Loss of competitive edge
Regulatory intervention

Today’s automotive manufacturing industry is radically different from its beginnings in the 1890’s. The shift to advanced manufacturing environments and smart plants, as part of the adoption of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)/Industrie 4.0, introduces many advantages. Automotive vendors, original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and their suppliers now incorporate more standardized interfaces, systems and connectivity technologies that allow them to focus on innovation. Once connected to external environments, these highly targeted industries are further exposed to cyber threats.

This increased adoption of connectivity technology creates the risk of an adversary accessing the assembly line or other production environments in order to sabotage processes and damage equipment. Operational downtime in a production line can result in a loss of up to $1.3M per hour, according to a survey by Nielsen Research. If attackers do not intend to completely stop operations, they can also target the production of systems such as brakes, suspensions and drivelines and manipulate the end product. This can result in a massive recall and have a devastating effect on the company’s revenue stream and reputation. In addition, the company’s proprietary data and information on production methods are highly-valued targets in an increasingly competitive market.

SCADAfence for the Automotive Industry

Most of the existing IT security solutions available today are unfit for industrial networks. IT solutions, which are usually designed either for intrusive integration or with active components, can jeopardize operational continuity by adding unnecessary risks. In addition, the solutions are unable to inspect industrial protocols and to profile industrial behavior, and are therefore incapable of maximizing their potential in industrial networks.

SCADAfence’s passive solutions for automotive companies are designed to reduce operational risks such as downtime, product manipulation and theft of sensitive proprietary information. The company offers a comprehensive solution suite that includes continuous real-time monitoring of the industrial environment as well as lightweight tools designed to automate the security assessment process. The solutions are based on a deep understanding of the needs of automotive companies, and offer visibility of day-to-day operations, detection of cyber-attacks and forensics tools designed to improve responsiveness.

Industrial Network
and Asset Visibility
Detection of Cyber-Attacks
and Non Malicious Threats
Risk Management
and Predictive Alerts

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