Smart mobility requires smart protection against various threats

Efma feature

06 November 2019

Yoav Levy, CEO and Co-founder of Upstream, spoke with Efma’s Boris Plantier about the threats and opportunities in the smart mobility space.


What dangers threaten connected transportation?

Smart mobility typically involves connected vehicles as well as a backend cloud application infrastructure similar to an enterprise environment. Thus, it inherits all the risks of a traditional enterprise, such as data theft or service disruption. But it also brings forth physical safety risks due to potential manipulation and tampering of moving vehicles.

This means that the dangers are often more complex and multi-faceted than traditional car or tech companies. At Upstream, we provide solutions that protect against the possible threats that come with smart mobility.

What types of cybercriminals threaten connected transportation?

There isn’t one single profile of a typical cybercriminal in the smart mobility space. Cybercriminals can range from recreational hackers to financial hacker organizations that are financially driven and coordinating with nation states.

What is the extent of damage done so far?

Over the last 10 years there have been hundreds of documented incidents. These incidents range from minor service disruptions to vehicle thefts through key fob modifications. Beyond that, attacks have happened on an even larger scale. There have been instances of hundreds of vehicles completely disappearing and entire fleet services brought to a halt.

What is an example of a worst-case scenario?

A worst-case scenario involves practically any function that can be performed on a vehicle(s) such as braking, steering, or unlocking doors, performed without authorization from a remote hacker source across multiple vehicles concurrently.

A remote attack on a fleet of vehicles can disrupt entire supply chains and affect multiple enterprises at once. This type of attack is exactly what our services at Upstream provide against – ensuring that everyone involved in transporting goods is protected and secured against threats.

What can be done to protect connected transportation?

The threats are multivarious so the protections have to appropriately structured in response. The solution must be composed of multiple layers working together, beginning with real-time monitoring of vehicles and cloud infrastructure, striving towards early detection of breaches and immediate remediation and response.

How are you collaborating with car insurance companies?

Insurance is on the forefront of data-driven services such as UBI (user-based insurance) as well as cybersecurity insurance for enterprises, while leveraging vehicle connectivity and data collection. Upstream is at the intersection of both of these domains and can assist insurance companies in securing their own services as well as providing additional value-added solutions.

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Keywords : Big data , Cybersecurity/Authentication , Fintech , Vehicle insurance

Geography : Israel