Cyberattacks on the rise in trucking: Mainville

Attrix’s president, Anthony Mainville, describes cybersecurity as a growing threat in the trucking industry, and he believes small and medium-sized businesses may face the greatest risk.

“This is a topic that we have to take seriously,” he said Monday, during a presentation at the company’s Symposium on Smart Transportation, in Saint-Hyacinthe, Que. “It’s a scourge that will particularly strike small and medium-sized businesses because they are less equipped than large corporations to defend themselves.”

Attrix President Anthony Mainville
Attrix President Anthony Mainville (Image: Steve Bouchard)

Mainville notes that ransomware-related cyberattacks grew by 80% last year, and that the year-over-year growth of such attacks in transportation hit as high as 186% this past June. Amidst it all, the FBI noted last spring that the trucking industry had become an important and growing target for hackers.

It can take businesses 252 days to identify an attack, he added. “Meanwhile, a cyber attacker is playing in your computer system.”

The trucking industry is particularly attractive to cybercriminals because of supply chain pressures and limited capacity, Mainville said. And trucking businesses may lack skilled IT staff, resulting in limited surveillance and defense.

To complicate matters, trucks are becoming increasingly interconnected, leaving vulnerabilities that can be exploited to damage on-board computers, hack into company systems, or even shutdown. vans.

Electronic logging devices (ELDs) alone hold a treasure trove of information that can be hacked. They store data about the vehicle (location, history); the driver (driver’s license, date of birth); group and system.

“The truck has become a mobile computer, but a mobile computer is at risk,” he said.

That means trucking companies must ensure enterprise systems and personal devices are updated as quickly as possible to prevent any potential vulnerabilities. Enterprise devices should also be monitored by certified data managers, he said.

Mainville added: “Today, cloud services are the most secure because they are updated and monitored by experts. “That’s not to say they’re great, but if you have a choice to make in the future, consider the cloud.” Cyberattacks on the rise in trucking: Mainville


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