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NAFA's FLEETSolutions Magazine Delves into the Dark Future of Vehicle Technology

August 28, 2014



PRINCETON, N.J., Aug. 28 -- The NAFA Fleet Management Association issued the following news release:

The future of vehicle technology looks very different from that of only ten years ago, thanks in part to the Internet. Equipment and software that know where vehicles are, what they are doing, and how fast they are going is revolutionizing the automotive industry, but the Internet-Of-Things is equally a playground for actors of bad intent.

In the September/October issue of FLEETSolutions magazine, bowing in early-September, the article "Car Hacking - Preparing For The Future Now" goes in-depth with the subject that motor vehicles are now literal computers on wheels, and are open to the same cyber threats as PCs, tablets, or smartphones are. "The scariest thing about researching the story and conducting the interviews was learning how far along we are," said Donald W. Dunphy, the writer of the article. "Under the right conditions, the capability is here now. It's the cost of making it happen that is preventing it from happening at scale. That's why it is important that fleet professionals look at this inevitability with clear eyes."

The article, part of an ongoing series for the magazine dealing with recognizing and averting crises in fleet, brings insight to the topic, thanks to perspectives from Charlie Miller, a Security Engineer at Twitter; Chris Valasek, Director of Security Intelligence at the Seattle consultancy IOActive; Johan Sys, Managing Principal for Identity and Access Management, Verizon; Stefan Savage, Professor, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of California, San Diego; and Patrick T. Barrett, CAFM, Director of University of Nebraska Transportation Services and Chair of NAFA's Education Development Committee.

"We're facing a future that is arriving very fast, and the thing that will separate those who do well from those who won't is knowledge," said NAFA Chief Executive Officer Phillip E. Russo, CAE. "That means a lot of uncomfortable questions will be asked. They have to be."

Car Hacking Preparing For The Future Now"What really caught me was that, when going into the article as I imagined so many would, I thought the big fear would be terrorism," Dunphy said. "The truth is far more mundane but nonetheless insidious. Vehicle theft, unfair competitive tactics, and plain vandalism are all more likely, and considering that these occur on a daily basis even without the 'genie-in-the-bottle' of car computer hacking, the concern should be real for everyone who has dealings with motor vehicles."

FLEETSolutions, NAFA's official magazine, published bi-monthly, contains in-depth stories designed to educate, inform, and facilitate fleet managers to excel in their jobs. The magazine is developed to engage readership in the eight primary disciplines of fleet: Asset Management, Business Management, Financial Management, Fleet Information Management, Maintenance Management, Risk Management, Vehicle Fuel Management, and Professional Development. FLEETSolutions provides survey results on the most important topics in the fleet profession; the National Safety Council "Safety First" column, found in each issue; and profiles of the best and brightest in fleet. FLEETSolutions is an exclusive benefit of being a NAFA member.

"NAFA's FLEETSolutions is committed to bringing those subjects to light for fleet professionals," Russo said. "NAFA believes it is our responsibility to dig and learn, no matter what, and we do that with every issue."

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