"If you talk to [them], they'll tell you they've got a big uptick in business coming in as consultants are assessing the software code and systems," Juliussen said. "The auto industry really doesn't have much built into the car today to add cybersecurity. After the Jeep incident, they really started to take this seriously."
While the auto industry increased its focus on cybersecurity, Menting said it still hasn't done enough.
"While cybersecurity is a mature and well-established discipline in the IT industry, the auto industry has been lax in applying similar practices," Menting said. "I do think the potential harm that can occur — notably in terms of human safety — is a critical element that will trigger investment and R&D by [vehicle makers] into offering cybersecurity solutions sooner rather than later."
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