Utimaco, a leading global provider of IT security solutions, is sponsoring Hansen Motorsport AB’s World RX Team this Cybersecurity Awareness Month, a decision that not only allows them to support one of Europe’s most innovative electric rallycross teams but draw attention to the underappreciated field of automotive cybersecurity.
In Utimaco’s recent whitepaper ‘Circles of Trust: How the UK Public Perceives Digital Risk, the research found that members of the public across European countries, the UK, Germany and Spain, were all enthusiastic about the digital features in their vehicles, but many have worries about the security of those vehicles. The survey found that in the UK, 51% of drivers are worried that their movements could be tracked and 45% are worried that stored payment information could be taken.
As with other aspects of our increasingly connected society, the findings identified that vehicle manufacturers and security providers need to work to educate their customers about the security systems in their vehicles and to improve those systems to the point that high-profile ‘hacks’ are less of an issue.
In light of this perception of cybersecurity within the automotive sector, Utimaco’s sponsorship of Hansen Motorsport AB is a strategic decision to draw attention to how vehicles are increasingly also digital devices, and this means that they need to be kept secure. Many drivers don’t know about the level of security present in their vehicles or best practices for keeping them safe.