Automotive Cybersecurity Challenges
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.