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Rogue Software Sponsors Survey on Automotive Security

Findings report engineers and suppliers feel ill-equipped to address security concerns in new cars.

In a recent survey by the Ponemon Institute, automotive developers stated they felt ill-equipped and often overwhelmed when it comes to implementing security into their processes and tools. Rogue Software and Security Innovation sponsored the survey, polling over 500 automotive developers, engineers and executives from automotive OEMs (original equipment manufacturers) and Tier 1 suppliers.

“One of the most disappointing statistics is that over half the developers don’t think their company has the necessary training or technology to ensure that the software running in our cars is secure,” says Rod Cope, CTO of Rogue Wave Software. “This means that regardless of engineering talent, companies aren’t able to secure their code.”

Software is implemented in electronic components for cars, potentially generating up to millions of lines of code. This increases chances for hacking and software failure. In response to this survey, a company press release states, Rogue Software and Security Innovation will increase education and investment in automotive security.

“This survey provides insights to help automotive software suppliers understand the current mindset of their developers and build security and safety into their software,” says Peter Samson, general manager of Security Innovation’s Embedded Security Business. “Contrary to public statements by carmakers this groundbreaking survey highlights a scary truth that OEMs and their suppliers do not yet have enough skills, tools, or processes to make a secure car.”

For more information, visit Rogue Software.

Sources: Press materials received from the company and additional information gleaned from the company’s website.

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