ABU DHABI, Kaspersky Lab has brought together company experts, and Kaspersky Motorsport drivers to discuss current and future aspects of automotive industry in the Middle East region and worldwide. Since modern cars become more connected and incorporate more intelligent technologies to make them smarter, more efficient, comfortable and safe, the growing risk of a vehicle's systems being infiltrated or having its safety, privacy and financial elements violated, makes IT security a crucial necessity.

Kaspersky Lab has been a proud sponsor and IT partner to Scuderia Ferrari for many years. The company also collaborated with Abu Dhabi Racing to support Daman Speed Academy to help raising the profile of motorsport and promote cybersecurity as an issue relevant to anyone using modern technologies � not only in Abu Dhabi but also in the whole Middle East region.

"Kaspersky Lab has a lot in common with motorsport - we aim high and value reaction speeds and quality of service. I'm very glad to see success and professional growth in a sport that we support: earlier this year Daman Speed Academy driver Amna Al Qubaisi has taken a huge leap in her Motorsport career with a move to Formula 4 with the best team in the business "Prema" sponsored by Kaspersky Lab," said Maxim Frolov, Managing Director for the Middle East, Turkey and Africa at Kaspersky Lab.

Amna Al Qubaisi, who is the first Arab female to take part in the Formula 4, is adamant on pursuing her passion of becoming a Formula 1 driver. "I'm glad to be sponsored by the global cyber security company Kaspersky Lab, as this allows me to dedicate my focus on my performance on the road, while leaving the security challenges to the experts" said Amna Al Qubaisi, Kaspersky Motorsport Driver.

Gartner estimates that there will be a quarter of a billion connected cars on the roads by 2020. Others suggest that by then around 98 percent of cars will be connected to the Internet.

Kaspersky Lab experts closely analyse the key risks that could lie ahead and their potential impact for the automotive industry. The threats that are faced now, and those expected to be faced over the coming year should not be seen in isolation � they are part of this continuum � the more vehicles are connected, in more ways, the greater the surface and opportunities for attack.

According to Kaspersky Lab security experts, threats facing the automotive sector over the coming 12 months include the following: Vulnerabilities introduced through lack of manufacturer attention or expertise, combined with competitive pressures. The range of connected mobility services being launched will continue to rise, as will the number of suppliers developing and delivering them. This ever-growing supply (and the likelihood of products/suppliers being of variable quality), coupled with a fiercely competitive marketplace could lead to security short cuts or gaps that provide an easy way in for attackers.

Vulnerabilities introduced through growing product and service complexity. Manufacturers serving the automotive sector are increasingly focused on delivering multiple interconnected services to customers. Every link is a potential point of weakness that attackers will be quick to seize on. An attacker only needs to find one insecure opening, whether that is peripheral such as a phone Bluetooth or a music download system, for example, and from there they may be able to take control of safety-critical electrical components like the brakes or engine, and wreak havoc.

Further, lawmakers will come up with requirements and recommendations for making cybersecurity a mandatory part of all connected vehicles.

Last but not least, alongside existing safety certification, there will be new organisations set up that are responsible for cybersecurity certification. They will use clearly defined standards to assess connected vehicles in terms of their resistance to cyberattacks.

Source: Emirates News Agency