Securing Autonomous Vehicle Firmware: Is Firmware AV’s Biggest Vulnerability?

More connected systems equate to more opportunities for cyberattacks in autonomous vehicles and the back-end systems that power them.

Hackers are moving away from attacking hardened operating systems, applications, and networks and zeroing in on tech’s most vulnerable and foundational element: firmware. Every computing device has firmware, and the technology that powers autonomous vehicles (AV) is no exception.

In addition to increased firmware threats, increased connectivity among all AV systems creates a significantly expanded attack surface area. A firmware infiltration can give hackers the highest level of access to an autonomous driving system’s critical components, allowing them to inflict severe damage—from overriding safety protocols to taking complete control.

To explore why it’s time to take stock of firmware vulnerabilities before catastrophic consequences occur, download our free eBook that includes:

  • An overview of AV technology
  • Research on the AV security landscape
  • Best practices for establishing a risk mitigation process

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