Q&A: Modernizing security at Aston Martin

A self-assessment of the company's security posture revealed a need to replace legacy tools with cloud-based, automated solutions.

The likes of Honda, BMW, Toyota, Tesla and others in recent years have seen customer details and sensitive data leaked as well as disruptions to supply chains and operations. The FBI has warned that cyber actors have “increasingly targeted the automotive industry with cyberattacks to obtain sensitive customer data, network account passwords, and internal enterprise network details."

Cars have grown more digitized and connected, and incoming regulation from the EU and UN around the cybersecurity of cars is forcing manufacturers to look more closely at security. According to a Mckinsey & Company report, these forces will drive the market for cybersecurity in the automotive sector from around $4.9 billion currently to reach $9.7 billion in 2030.

As the preferred automobile brand of James Bond, Aston Martin is an iconic marque. Though it operates on a smaller scale, the UK-based luxury car maker has to deal with a cyber threat landscape that could not only disrupt its manufacturing operations, but compromise its valuable brand in the eyes of its exclusive clientele.

CSO spoke with Steve O'Connor, director of information technology for Aston Martin Lagonda, about how the company is modernizing its security posture in light of the changing security and regulatory landscapes. Below is a transcript of our conversation, edited for length and clarity.

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