Car Security: What do Automakers Really Think?

The Ponemon Institute has conducted a cybersecurity survey sponsored by Rogue Wave Software and Security Innovation of over 500 automotive developers, engineers, and executives, primarily from automotive OEMs and Tier One suppliers. This 2015 survey provides new insights to help automotive software suppliers understand the current mindset of their developers and build security and safety into their software. Some key findings include:

  • Developers are not familiar enough with their company’s program to secure software for automobiles
  • Developers do not believe their companies are taking security seriously enough, or empowering them to make software more secure
  • Developers want – but do not have – the skills necessary to combat software security threats and they do not feel they are properly trained
  • Automakers are not as knowledgeable about secure software development as other industries
  • Security is not built into the Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) in the automotive industry
  • Enabling technologies are not being provided to developers so they can build security into their processes