Cyberattacks are on the rise among trucking companies as technology becomes the top priority for fleets across the country. Whether it be electronic devices, telematics, electric vehicles or fuel cards, cyber risks should not be overlooked. The transportation industry is a prime target for cyberattacks and it is important that fleet owners take certain measures to protect their fleets.
Shira Sarid-Hausirer, vice president of marketing at Upstream, explains “The vehicle has become a hub for technology. It all has to be monitored. It all must be protected, and it is the fleet owner’s responsibility- just like they would protect their computers, these are essentially computers on wheels.” So, what can fleet owners do to prevent their fleets from being attacked? According to Trucking Info, “A good prevention strategy helps ward off cyberattacks before they happen. This includes training programs and policies that get updated as new threats rise. Companies that keep backups of their data also improve their cyberattack resilience.”
Other ways to protect your fleet include:
- Educating your drivers and staff by training them to respond to cyberattacks.
- Securing your vehicle’s network and devices
- Monitor and manage your vehicle’s data.
- Follow the industry standards and regulations.
- Test our vehicle’s cybersecurity regularly.
Fuel cards are also prone to cyberattacks or fraud. Card skimming is on the rise, however there are ways to help your company should your cards become compromised. Many fleet fuel cards have fraud protection programs you can opt in to help protect your fleet.
The fast-paced technological advancement in the trucking industry is positive progress, however companies need to be on the lookout for cyberattacks now more than ever.