The trucking sector is essential to countless other industries. Without reliable transportation, supply chains would crumble, and companies and consumers would face shortages. With so much riding on it, it’s no wonder why the industry has fully embraced technology like telematics in recent years.
Telematics refers to the suite of technologies fleets use to share data between vehicles and command centers. At its most basic level, it includes things like GPS tracking, and at its most advanced, it can transmit driving habits and maintenance information. As of 2019, there were 13 million of these systems in use in the United States, and they keep growing.
As helpful as these technologies can be, they come with some risks. Without thorough telematics security, fleets could face dire consequences.
The Need for Telematics Security
The trucking industry’s embrace of IoT technology is inevitable. Large-scale shipping projects require precise execution to ensure safety and success. IoT tracking services help ensure that, but generating and transmitting that much data comes at a cost.
Data of that size and value is an enticing target for criminals looking to extort money. Given how crucial trucking is for the economy, malicious actors could cause severe damage by disrupting it. To make matters worse, IoT security is notoriously lacking in many areas.
Companies could easily overlook IoT sensors, but every endpoint on a network is a potential entryway for criminals. Many IoT devices today don’t come with built-in security systems, either. Trucking companies need to take telematics security into their own hands. Here’s how they can do that.
Look for Providers With Built-In Security
The first step in securing these devices is probably the most obvious. When trucking companies are looking for a telematics vendor, they should keep security in mind.
*** This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog from The State of Security authored by Tripwire Guest Authors. Read the original post at: https://www.tripwire.com/state-of-security/security-data-protection/iot/how-can-the-trucking-industry-secure-their-telematics/