Automotive Digital Forensics
Automotive digital forensics is still in its infancy—the limited information available to the public makes it difficult for companies and individuals to determine what they can do should they face cyberattacks on their part of the automotive ecosystem. The information currently available suggests that automotive digital forensics is heading in the same direction as automotive cybersecurity, meaning that it will face significant growth in the coming years. With the rate of vehicle and connected vehicle service hacks on the rise, demand for forensic services will also increase dramatically. The breadth of scope in this field is truly awe-inspiring: every company and individual that relies on automobiles either directly (ex. Fleet services) or indirectly (such as shipping dependencies) is impacted by automotive digital forensics—should a database, application, or component be compromised, whether it be via a supply chain attack, direct vehicle compromise, or connected service hack, millions of people are inevitably impacted—and therefore potentially benefit from automotive digital forensics. Currently, automotive digital forensics is especially utilized in criminal investigations, but there are countless other applications throughout the automotive industry, especially in areas of development, production, fleet use, and rentals.
Of utmost importance to COM|CODE is understanding exactly who falls under the scope of automotive digital forensics. It’s also important to ask what use cases they might have. For example, how might they be impacted by future regulatory requirements? How would they best respond to a cyberattack? This field is emerging and therefore companies need to be proactive in understanding how automotive digital forensics will affect their business. If people are caught unprepared without knowledge of the developing automotive ecosystem and associated forensic technologies, an unnecessary number of resources may be spent on disaster recovery.