Big data is revolutionizing fleet management — specifically in the form of telematics.

From engine diagnostics that track fuel efficiency and mileage to sensors that detect aggressive driving behavior and interior vehicle activity, this information is so valuable that we’re quickly approaching the point where connected technology will come standard in every vehicle.

DevOps Connect:DevSecOps @ RSAC 2022

Telematics is an operational goldmine. Whether it is with a fleet management services provider or an internal fleet management team, businesses can easily gather measurable, actionable data that can help control operating expenses, improve driver safety, and communicate with drivers in real time.

But with great power comes great responsibility. Whenever new technology is introduced, vulnerabilities are exposed, and hacking threats become real. No business is immune.

The Risks

At the 2017 National Governors Association, Tesla and Space X CEO Elon Musk expressed his number one priority: preventing fleet-wide hacks. “It is my top concern from a security standpoint — that Tesla is making sure that a fleet-wide hack or any vehicle-specific hack can’t occur,” said Musk.

Musk has valid reasons to be concerned. Upstream.auto reports that there has been a 94% year-over-year increase in cybersecurity attacks on vehicles since 2016. And the smarter our vehicles get, the smarter malevolent hackers become.

Andy Greenberg of Wired experienced this first-hand when hackers were able to remotely kill his Jeep on the highway while he was driving. Greenberg was a willing test subject, but that doesn’t diminish the chaos the professional hackers were able to create. Through wireless access to the Jeep’s software, the hackers were able to disable the brakes, take control of the steering wheel, blast the radio and air conditioning and cut the accelerator.

This wireless carjacking was merely a test to see what level of hacking was possible — but it was a successful (Read more...)