Aviva Zacks of Safety Detectives had a great interview with Slava Bronfman, CEO and co-founder of Cybellum, and found out all about his company’s Cybersecurity Digital Twin™.
Safety Detective: How do you think the COVID-19 situation has changed cybersecurity, and how will that impact the future?
Slava Bronfman: Obviously, there has been an overall economic slowdown because of COVID-19. But carmakers are still working on their cybersecurity projects to make future vehicles compliant with the new standards. Even more so, both carmakers and their suppliers are looking for ways to improve their operations, including cybersecurity. Both of these present us with a great opportunity since we provide solutions in both areas.
Safety Detective: What do you feel are the worst cyberthreats out there today?
Slava Bronfman: Today there are a lot of mobile apps and smart key fobs that are connected to vehicles. A thief, using Bluetooth, can open the door, start the engine, and drive away. A bad actor can hack into them and take full control of the vehicle.
In the future, when the entire vehicle is connected, you will store your data in the computer of the vehicle, so, when you buy gas, you’ll just drive by and your credit card, which will be part of the vehicle system, will automatically be charged. Smart apps like Spotify and Netflix are already part of vehicle systems. Attackers on the lookout for financial gain can hack these systems and steal your private information and financial data.
We are going to see more and more attacks on people’s finances and privacy, and, looking ahead, what has been going on in the past few years in the IT world will slowly come to the automotive world as well. Think of ransomware attacks where you are locked inside your car and you can’t get out until you pay out a certain amount of money.
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