Automotive engineers and innovators want to be the first to bring exciting new connected features onto the latest car models, and consumers continue to demand more. The downside: That connectedness to the Internet now means the industry faces more cyber exposure and cyber threats than ever before.
One leading global auto manufacturer was among the first to recognize this emerging risk, and unlike many of Booz Allen’s clients―for whom cybersecurity means protecting intellectual property and employee information—the landmark realization that cybersecurity also means protecting people’s lives suddenly became one of the automotive industry’s highest priorities.
Consumers also started demanding security when in July 2015, news broke that a vehicle was hacked at highway speeds. By that time—thanks to Booz Allen’s consultative approach and cybersecurity expertise—this global automaker (who was not the subject of the 2015 hack) already had a strategy in place to respond to such incidents and secure its vehicles. Booz Allen’s team had successfully guided this client through a cultural and data-driven transformation designed to support and facilitate its comprehensive vehicle cybersecurity program, going from having no response capability to setting the market standard for response planning in 6 months.
Overcoming “a challenge that no one had ever addressed that would require cyber expertise and the ability to bridge internal cultural and data divides—this is where Booz Allen excels,” says Vice President Sedar LaBarre. “For us, success meant securing the vehicles we all rely on to transport our families and bringing our client to the industry forefront.”