Exposed Heard Handled Hacked Empowered

To defeat a hacker, start by thinking like one.

“Imagine you are going 120 kph in wintertime, the windshield washer fluid starts spraying and the wipers don’t work because of a security breach? That’s the kind of scenario we have to prevent”, says Deloitte’s Peter Wirnsperger, Partner, Deloitte Germany explaining how hackers could conceivably breach a car’s technology system through a driver’s connected smart phone.

Down in a dark basement in Germany, a team of whitehat hackers were hard at work. They had spent weeks trying to find weaknesses in technically advanced automobiles.

It’s no surprise that criminals are constantly searching for ways to break through the world’s cyber defenses. And now, as cars become more computerized and connected, hackers have set their sights on finding new ways to steal or control vehicles remotely.

Thankfully, this “hacking” team was on the good side: Cyber technology and risk assessment professionals from Deloitte, working together with some original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), not only identified the cyber protections needed for new models, but also changed the game on how the company would tackle automotive security in the future.