Recognize the Importance of Data Security with National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

Recognize the Importance of Data Security with National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

 

 

October might signify many things: fall colors, Halloween and postseason baseball – just to name a few. What you might not know is that October is also National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). Launched in 2004 by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, this initiative is focused on making the internet safer and more secure for everyone.

 

What cybersecurity means for fleets

With the rapid growth of mobile devices in all aspects of our lives, the Internet of Things (IoT) has become a favorite target for cyber-criminals. A 2016 AT&T report on security threats revealed a 3,198-percent increase in the number of attackers scanning for IoT vulnerabilities during the past three years, a number that will almost certainly increase as the number of connected devices grows.

While high-profile hacks of connected consumer electronics – such as smart televisions, climate control systems and home computers – occasionally make the news, data security is also of concern to the trucking industry, particularly in light of the widespread implementation of electronic logging devices (ELDs).

As your fleet and drivers rely on ELDs and other devices to stay efficient and compliant, cybersecurity is an important thing to consider. Cybersecurity vulnerabilities can pose distinct challenges for fleets, from service interruptions, data breaches and on-board computer hacks. Each of these scenarios can result in shutting down an entire business, an expensive proposition that may alienate customers and force them to a competitor. Furthermore, any loss or compromise of sensitive data – especially shipper data – can have serious business repercussions, further damaging trust and credibility between a carrier and its customers.

 

Trimble’s commitment to cybersecurity in trucking

At Trimble, we take the issue of cybersecurity seriously, with security top of mind in each of our product designs. Encryption and data obfuscation are two of the most effective ways we implement cybersecurity measures throughout our platform and devices. These two measures ensure data is transmitted in a binary format and sent separately from the encryption keys, so there is no way to decipher what the data shows, even if it isn’t encrypted.

Trimble’s multiple layers of security eliminate the risk of hacking, providing peace of mind that electronic logs, as well as the engine, brakes and other vehicle components cannot be accessed remotely through our in-cab devices or system. Security is also a key priority at the network layer and the application layer, with custom server and network configurations, as well as active controls like an intrusion prevention system (IPS) that actively monitors all data in the system and looks for patterns that reveal potentially damaging viruses and data breaches.

 

Ensure your fleet is prepared for cyberthreats

As technology evolves, cybersecurity will continue to be a concern for the industry. Computers are already performing more essential functions on vehicles, which elevates risk and vulnerability. Ensuring that security is more top-of-mind for fleet managers, manufacturers and drivers means that there is a bigger appetite for education, a silver lining to an otherwise troubling trend.

Trimble’s ongoing commitment to cyber-defense helps ensure fleets and the entire industry have the skills and knowledge necessary to prevent potential cyberattacks and eliminate the threat of exposure. Learn more about fleet cybersecurity in our free whitepaper, “Connected Truck Security: Slamming the Door on Hackers.

Curious to find out more about Trimble’s approach to device security? Contact us today to see how our solutions are built with your fleet’s cybersecurity in mind.

Recognize the Importance of Data Security with National Cybersecurity Awareness Month

 

 

October might signify many things: fall colors, Halloween and postseason baseball – just to name a few. What you might not know is that October is also National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM). Launched in 2004 by the National Cyber Security Alliance and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, this initiative is focused on making the internet safer and more secure for everyone.

 

What cybersecurity means for fleets

With the rapid growth of mobile devices in all aspects of our lives, the Internet of Things (IoT) has become a favorite target for cyber-criminals. A 2016 AT&T report on security threats revealed a 3,198-percent increase in the number of attackers scanning for IoT vulnerabilities during the past three years, a number that will almost certainly increase as the number of connected devices grows.

While high-profile hacks of connected consumer electronics – such as smart televisions, climate control systems and home computers – occasionally make the news, data security is also of concern to the trucking industry, particularly in light of the widespread implementation of electronic logging devices (ELDs).

As your fleet and drivers rely on ELDs and other devices to stay efficient and compliant, cybersecurity is an important thing to consider. Cybersecurity vulnerabilities can pose distinct challenges for fleets, from service interruptions, data breaches and on-board computer hacks. Each of these scenarios can result in shutting down an entire business, an expensive proposition that may alienate customers and force them to a competitor. Furthermore, any loss or compromise of sensitive data – especially shipper data – can have serious business repercussions, further damaging trust and credibility between a carrier and its customers.

 

Trimble’s commitment to cybersecurity in trucking

At Trimble, we take the issue of cybersecurity seriously, with security top of mind in each of our product designs. Encryption and data obfuscation are two of the most effective ways we implement cybersecurity measures throughout our platform and devices. These two measures ensure data is transmitted in a binary format and sent separately from the encryption keys, so there is no way to decipher what the data shows, even if it isn’t encrypted.

Trimble’s multiple layers of security eliminate the risk of hacking, providing peace of mind that electronic logs, as well as the engine, brakes and other vehicle components cannot be accessed remotely through our in-cab devices or system. Security is also a key priority at the network layer and the application layer, with custom server and network configurations, as well as active controls like an intrusion prevention system (IPS) that actively monitors all data in the system and looks for patterns that reveal potentially damaging viruses and data breaches.

 

Ensure your fleet is prepared for cyberthreats

As technology evolves, cybersecurity will continue to be a concern for the industry. Computers are already performing more essential functions on vehicles, which elevates risk and vulnerability. Ensuring that security is more top-of-mind for fleet managers, manufacturers and drivers means that there is a bigger appetite for education, a silver lining to an otherwise troubling trend.

Trimble’s ongoing commitment to cyber-defense helps ensure fleets and the entire industry have the skills and knowledge necessary to prevent potential cyberattacks and eliminate the threat of exposure. Learn more about fleet cybersecurity in our free whitepaper, “Connected Truck Security: Slamming the Door on Hackers.

Curious to find out more about Trimble’s approach to device security? Contact us today to see how our solutions are built with your fleet’s cybersecurity in mind.

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