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24 | 08 | 2015

Comtrade on Infotainment Security at World Mobility Summit


This fall, Comtrade’s Automotive division will participate at World Mobility Summit between 20 and 22 October 2015 in Munich, Germany.

The World Mobility Summit consists of three parallel conferences: eCarTec Conference (Electric & Hybrid Mobility), MATERIALICA Conference (Lightweight Design) and sMove360° Conference (Connected Car). Each day conference programs develop and take place in parallel to each other.

Tadej Vodopivec, CISSP, CISA, CBCP, will speak at the session “Infotainment – the next big target for hackers?” He will speak on 21 October 2015 between 13.00 and 13.30 as part of sMove360° Conference (Connected Car).

Vodopivec works as Information Security Manager in software engineering company Comtrade, an active player in the automotive industry. He has over 15 years of experience in securing (and legitimate hacking) of e-banking services, public sector solutions and healthcare applications. Four years ago, he was engaged in securing a connected car with rich infotainment features for the first time. He holds numerous security certifications, such as CISSP and CISA.

Both in private and professional life he strives to understand the risks and opportunities for cutting-edge technologies to contribute to smooth progress without catastrophic disruptions.

Infotainment – The next big target for hackers?

Security researchers have successfully demonstrated a remote takeover of a modern car while it was driving. Vendor responded with a massive safety recall of the product to update the software.

At the start, cars were not connected except the fuel hose once a while when stopping at a gas station. Today, cars are turning from mechanical devices into an interconnected set of complex computer systems, sensors and actuators, all governed by millions of lines of software code. Megabytes of data are exchanged internally between components and with the outside world through a number of interfaces. Is this a hacker’s paradise?

Who would want to hack the car and why? What can the automotive industry, software developers, and wider community learn from past cyber-attacks that targeted the financial sector, which has been the most common target for cybercriminals so far? What is likely to become the most vulnerable attack surface?

With increased “appification” and “cloudification” of the world and the proliferation of the Internet of things, SOFTWARE AND NETWORK SECURITY DO MATTER and automotive industry must do it the right way.