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How to Protect applications for Connected Cars?

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posted Dec 3, 2018 by Latha Shree N

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1.Build Your Connected Car Apps With Security in Mind
The principle of security by design and by default sounds especially important when it comes to the security of the Internet of Things. Starting with the internal software architecture up to its testing, you need to think security-first. Special attention should be paid to the use of open source software and third-party integrations that might introduce additional security flaws.

2. Pay Attention to the App Authorization Process
It might sound somewhat obvious, but make sure your users don’t set passwords that are easily cracked. Set strong password requirements, for example, limit the minimum required number of symbols or introduce rules that require a certain set of symbols which the password should contain (letters, numbers, symbols).

Another efficient method that adds an extra layer of security is the two-factor authentication. There are many ready-made solutions that you can easily integrate into your app. Thus, you will address some of the main internet of things security risks with little or no effort.

3. Apply Basic Data Privacy Techniques
When we talk about data protection, such concepts as tokenization, anonymization, and encryption should be the first thing to come to your mind. As any connected device handles loads of sensitive data, IoT security solutions should also include the listed techniques.

As a result, your users’ data will be completely anonymous, encrypted, and safely stored in your database.

4. Introduce Real-time Safety Alerts
One of the most popular connected car security solutions is the so-called network intrusion detection system. Built right into the car’s software, the program keeps track of the vehicle’s systems and controllers, creating a profile of its operations. Thanks to that, the system can detect the slightest anomaly in the vehicle’s behavior and immediately notify the owner and manufacturer.

Similarly, you can apply data science and machine learning techniques to detect suspicious actions with your app. Or simply alert the user once the car is unlocked or moves when it’s not supposed to.

5. Make Regular Security Updates a Habit
The longer your product remains unchanged, the more time hackers have to crack its code. Make your app a moving target, keep looking for ways to make it even more secure.

As we can see, there are many techniques app developers can introduce to make connected driving a safe and enjoyable experience. Yet, IoT security doesn’t end here.

answer Dec 4, 2018 by Rashmi V