Paris Auto Show
Car Companies Will Become Big Data Companies, Says Former Shin Bet Head
Speaking at a Calcalist panel held during the Paris Motor Show, former director Yuval Diskin spoke about the current challenges facing the automotive industry
Volkswagen was interested in CyMotive because of the approach, knowledge and former experience of Diskin and his partners, he said. Due to their past in an agency dedicated to defense against terrorism and espionage, and against damages to critical state infrastructure, they understood that one cannot just wait for an attack to come, Diskin said. "Most of the solutions today are meant to protect the inside of the organizational network. But we understood that we cannot wait for the attack, we have to go out to the adversary, to prevent the attack ahead of time."
It's not possible to protect connected autonomous cars from 100% of threats, Diskin said. "The idea is to protect the crown jewels in the car—the systems. And more than that, I think that this should be the number one priority of every car manufacturer, to think how to prevent an attack from spreading to the entire fleet of cars. I also think that in the future, with smart transportation, smart cities and all the interfaces between them, this challenge is going to grow exponentially.""Because the cybersecurity industry was developed by technologists, they sometimes forget that behind every cyber attack there are human beings," Diskin said. Their behavior leaves digital signatures, he added. "If we will be smart enough, and use the ability of people with security or behavioral background, then we will be able to prevent some of the attacks at least ahead of time. That's the direction I think the cybersecurity industry should go towards."