GM was forced to recall over 4 million cars due to a software defect. Though some security experts have criticized the company for not allowing for software updates “over-the-air” (OTA), Cesare Garlati, chief security strategist for the prpl Foundation, argues that OTA updates may bring in more problems than they solve.
Cesare Garlati, Chief Security Strategist at prpl Foundation:
“As automobiles become more reliant on embedded technology, security of these systems has to come further up the agenda or more (albeit unnecessary) accidents are inevitable. What is needed in the embedded systems that allow our cars to become connected is a solid foundation built on a root of trust, secure boot and virtualization. And it has to be open source in order to work and be transparent and interoperable.”