DIGITAL INNK is warning fleet operators that the industry is not immune from cyber crime, and to ensure that their digital platforms use the latest technology.
According to government data, cyber crime costs the UK an estimated £27 billion per year, and can include everything from IP theft to industrial espionage.
Vehicle management experts Digital INNK warns that every message or call is a potential risk, and that communication needs to be within secure environments.
Earlier this month, Sixt reported that it had been the subject of a cyber attack, which it managed to move against quickly and contain it at an early stage. However, it shows that even multinational firms – Sixt operates across 110 countries and 2,000 locations – are not “too large” to be attacked.
Angela Montacute, CEO of Digital INNK, said:
Cyber attacks bring operational issues and the risks of reputational and financial damage. Fleets should take action to ensure the digital platforms they use to interact with customers, suppliers and internally are secured with the latest technology.
Digital INNK advises management teams to build a security culture throughout the company. All team members must be aware of security issues and be aware of their roles and responsibilities in preventing cyber-attacks. A review of technology can also ensure that software is built with security in mind. Angela concluded:
To fight increasingly sophisticated criminals, fleets must do all they can to manage data through supply chains. Using the latest technology is essential to building security. Utilising the features and architecture of subscription-based cloud services is one method to stay updated. These services deliver real-time updates and keep defences active and up to date.
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