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Attacks on Automotive Systems Feared Likely

Yet few engineers feel empowered to do anything about them, a survey shows.

A new survey of engineers in the automotive industry reveals concerns about the security of systems in automobiles — and even more so about the processes in place for testing their security.

In fact, 84% of respondents said they have concerns that their cybersecurity practices aren't keeping up with technology advances. The survey, sponsored by Synopsys and SAE International, and conducted by the Ponemon Institute, took responses queried nearly 600 engineering and associated professionals in the automotive industry about the security of their components and systems, as well as those of their partners. 

Furthermore, 63% of advances said their organizations test less than half of the hardware, software, and other technology used in their products for security vulnerabilities.

As a result, 52% said a malicious or proof-of-concept exploit against a vulnerability in their organizations' products is likely or very likely within the next 12 months. Unfortunately, less than one-third (31%) said they feel they are empowered to raise their security concerns.

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