European Cyber Security Report

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The European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) recently published a report on the cybersecurity of smart cars. The report aims to promote cybersecurity for consistent and (semi-)automated cars by identifying developing threats and issuing guidance on potential security devices that can help to mitigate them.

“Smart cars already available today present connected, added-value features to enhance car users’ knowledge or improve car safety. With this heightened connectivity (that the emergence of 5G is expected to advance further), novel cybersecurity risks and threats arise and need to be managed,” the report states.

The new report proffers a more in-depth analysis of the conclusions entered in ENISA’s 2017 study, “The ENISA Cybersecurity and Resilience of Smart Cars—Good Systems and Recommendations.”

In their latest release, ENISA researchers note that Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) interfaces, and Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and needed for the deployment of intelligent transport modes and autonomous cars, have increased the potential attack surface and attack vectors. They foretell that as smart vehicles are increasingly affected by the growth of forwarding machine learning and artificial intelligence, the number of opportunities posed by cyber-threats will rise.

Cyber-attacks on smart cars could create damage that goes far beyond the destruction of sensitive personal information.