“A modern tractor is basically just a rolling connected computer, and when you add more layers of automation, that just gives the bad guys with bad intentions more opportunities to do their bad things” – Jason Cannon – Chief Editor of Commercial Carrier Journal
Cyber security may not be something that you’ve given much thought to for your transportation company. After all, your business is growing and managing your fleet to make sure that you’re able to deliver the goods in the time and fashion required by the contract. As noted in Commercial Carrier Journal, “If it’s connected to the internet, odds are there’s a hacker trying to get into it…right now. That includes your trucks and your back office systems.”
The Cost Of An Attack
Now consider what the cost would be, both to your bottom line and your company’s reputation if you were hit with a cyber attack that disabled your business systems for days…or weeks, bringing all operations to a grinding halt.
Furthermore, with many of today’s trucks having multiple layers of automation (temperature controls, etc.), what would the impact be should those systems being disabled or overridden during an attack? Depending on the goods, a disruption like that could ruin the entire shipment. Who would be held responsible?
Whether it’s succumbing to a phishing attack or having credentials stolen that gives malicious actors access to your systems, the impact of a cyber attack could be catastrophic for your business.
Trucking Cyber Security
Thankfully, there are a multitude of things that can be done to bolster your cyber security. Of those, the most common areas to begin are:
- Ensuring that patching and updates are being done
- Deploying Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA)
- Monitoring the network for suspicious activity
Cyber Security for Transportation Companies
If you have a team that can start on those measures and manage or monitor them consistently, excellent! If you don’t, or if your team could use help and guidance, Diamond IT can help. We work with businesses of all sizes to provide them with the most effective solutions that fit their needs (Managed Services, Co-Managed Services, vCISO, Technology Assessments, and more) so that they are able to focus on the key elements of their business.
If you’re interested in learning more and taking the next step, click here to set up a security assessment of your organization.