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Consider this: In 2015, 60 Minutes showed
how researchers were able to hack a smart car and
take control over the car. Imagine if that could
happen with one of your buses, if it could be disabled from afar while driving along the highway.
Here is an even more bizarre example: Security researchers have created techniques for hacking a smart thermostat and turning it into a smart
spy, according to Computerworld. Even the innocent and humble thermostat in your company's
hallway could be a menace. Strange but true.
Just as a computer system can be compromised due to a lack of standards, turning it into a
cyber-threat to others, smart technology can as
well. Adversaries will leverage the smart technology for their financial gains and attack other
What can your company do about these mindbending possible threats? Take a look under the
hood, so to speak, at these specific areas:
A WEALTH OF CYBERSECURITY RESOURCES MAY BE FOUND ONLINE.
HERE ARE EXCELLENT PLACES TO START:
Surface Transportation Cybersecurity Toolkit: www.tsa.gov/for-industry
National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework: www.nist.gov
Homeland Security Toolkit: www.dhs.gov/publication/stopthinkconnect-industry-resources
Better Business Bureau: 5 Steps to Better Business Cybersecurity: www.bbb.org/council
You can also sign up for timely cybersecurity updates from Homeland Security at www.us-cert.gov/ais.
latest firmware version. If necessary, upgrade
* Firewall protection: Smart technology
should be protected by the network's firewall.
* Systems check: Contact the manufacturers * Network segmentation: Install smart
of your motorcoaches and electronic logging detechnology on an isolated network segment
vices and fleet management systems. Ask them
separate from the company's network to limit
to explain how the technologies they use ensure
the security of your vehicles.
* Restrict access: Limit access to those who
* Default account password: Change the
smart technology's administrator account
* Two-factor authentication: Authenticate
a user's access to the network by requiring
two steps (similar to when a bank asks for a
* Firmware version: Check with your softpassword and an authentication code).
ware's manufacturer to see if you've installed its
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John Essner is a senior manager at New York
City-based MSA Security, a provider of high
consequence threat protection since 1987. Its cyber-
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