“There is, in the car industry, a very specific split on security,” Arnaud Taddei, Director of Security Solutions Architecture at Symantec told ITU on the sidelines of last week’s Future Networked Car event at the world-famous Geneva International Motor Show.
“There is safety on one side, which is about the reliability of the car from a security perspective, which is pretty much covered. Calculations are OK. That works,” said Mr. Taddei. “Then there is cybersecurity, which is another world. And this one is actually quite under risk when you see all the ‘white hat’ people who actually have managed to hack a number of cars in a number of ways. And the problem here is not that we cannot secure it. The problem is the economic cost.”
Mr Taddei spoke about how Symantec is working with partners to provide a “unified security approach,” but that cost is a central issue that will need to be addressed in the “journey” to properly secure connected cars.
“Today, we are at the beginning of the journey and … we could share best practices. But, again, if you take a step back, the problem will be cost. Anything which is beyond the gateway in the car … the industry is not really ready to pay. Why? Because they need to translate the cost to the customer and the customer will not be ready to pay.”
Taddei also spoke about the importance of standards in providing the interoperability needed for innovation to flourish. New connected-car markets are “like a field of flowers and you want them to blossom … the problem is you don’t want to have an allergy as well.”
For more information on ITU’s standardization work on connected cars, please visit: http://itu.int/go/ITScomms