The automotive cybersecurity market is set to grow from its current market value of more than $187 Mn to over $837 Mn by 2024, as reported in the latest study by Global Market Insights, Inc.
In an era where connected cars are deemed to mark the future of mobility, the market is indeed set to occupy a pivotal stance in smart and sustainable tech space. The cyber threats or security breaches in connected cars enable external access to the vehicle’s network and not just compromise the driver’s data privacy but can also pose serious threats to the driver’s physical safety and car’s operation. With data security breaches becoming intensely sophisticated, the automotive cybersecurity industry has turned out to be an inevitable investment spot that would aid the automotive sector’s continued roadmap toward connectivity without risk.
Speaking of competitive trends, strategic collaborations and partnerships have emerged as two of the top-notch measures adopted by the automotive cybersecurity market giants. One of the recent trends in this regard has been the JVs established between the automotive companies and technology conglomerates, in a bid to understand and resolve the security complexities in modern or connected vehicles.
The compulsion of connected services in vehicles for offering features like improved comfort, convenience, road safety and assisted parking will greatly benefit the automotive cybersecurity market, which apportioned revenues of over USD 187 million in 2017. With the mounting probability of a vehicle being hacked, a number of IT companies are partnering with automakers to develop security features and enhance vehicle safety measures. The industry caters to every type of vehicle, from average passenger and luxury cars to heavy-duty trucks. Estimates suggest that close to 70 million connected vehicles will be running on the roads by 2020, a significant surge in comparison with the 2016 figure of 28 million. These statistics represent the vast amount of electronic control units (ECUs) that would be required in order to enhance the vehicles, instigating the market.
The network security dominates the automotive cybersecurity market and is projected to generate a market revenue of USD 236.4 million over the forecast timescale. The in-vehicle networks carry a variety of personal and operational identifiable information such as microphone recording, location, and call and navigation history, due to which protecting the data and messages over the network bus is important for privacy and operational security. Moreover, network protocols, such as Local Interconnect Network (LIN), Controller Area Network (CAN), automotive Ethernet, FlexRay, Wi-Fi, 5G network, Bluetooth, and Dedicated Short-Range Communication (DSRC), also aggravate cybersecurity threats. Therefore, it is important to adopt improved security techniques by interacting with security-enhanced network protocols to provide authenticity, integrity, and reliability of transmitted data.
One of the recent instances that validates the growing stance of collaborations & JVs as prominent growth tactics has been the partnership between SafeRide, one of the formidable automotive cybersecurity market players and Netherland based digital platform security giant, Irdeto. Under the terms of the recently inked partnership, SafeRide in collaboration with Irdeto is claimed to provide the OEMs and tier -1 automotive suppliers with a holistic cybersecurity solution for autonomous and connected vehicles. Allegedly, SafeRide’s flagship vSentry solution would be integrated with Irdeto’s famous Connected Transport solution, Cloakware, to offer a multi-layered approach in protecting the platforms against tampering, automated attacks, and reverse engineering.
Europe’s automotive cybersecurity market is witnessing a fast growth rate and is projected to reach USD 224 million by 2024. Germany dominates the European automotive cybersecurity industry as it is the home to some of the leading automobile manufacturers including Ford, Volkswagen, BMZ, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Opel, and Porsche. These companies are working with various software cybersecurity providers to increase the security offering aimed at maintaining passenger safety while traveling. For instance, in 2016, Volkswagen collaborated with three Israeli cybersecurity experts to establish an automotive cybersecurity company aimed at making vehicles and their ecosystem highly secured against cyber-attacks.
The companies functioning in the automotive cybersecurity market are investing in research and development strategies aimed at bringing about innovations in the automotive cybersecurity solutions. Some of the major vendors operating in the automotive cybersecurity industry are Audi, BMW, Ford, Honda, Nissan, General Motors, Volvo Car Group, Volkswagen, BT Security, Cisco Systems, Lear Corporation, Symantec Corporation, Argus Cyber Security Ltd., Intel Security, Arilou Technologies Ltd., Continental AG, and Karamba Security.