The connected vehicle is one of the most frequently cited and potentially most valuable uses of the Internet of Things. However, it brings with it the potential for severe consequences should security systems be unable to mitigate any cyber threats. It is essential that vehicle components can trust each other and that only the driver or autonomous driving system can give the car instructions, with hackers unable to inject their own commands.

Connected vehicles herald a new dawn in motoring and are already capturing the imagination of consumers and suppliers alike, but unfortunately this also means that the imagination of hackers and criminals will have been stimulated. I believe that identity and credential management is vital in the fight against potential security attacks.

For this reason, as I announced today at the Cyber Growth Partnership’s Securing the IoT and Seizing the Opportunity event, Intercede is bringing its expertise to a strategic collaboration group that will explore cybersecurity for connected vehicles. This will include investigating communication systems between vehicles, infrastructure and people. I look forward, alongside our partners MIRA and Plextek Consulting, to exploring how a secure connected environment can improve the efficiency of transport infrastructure, including interactions with advanced propulsion and the creation of co-operative vehicles.