Cybersecurity Considerations for Automotive Dealers

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Dealerships are not immune to the cybersecurity threats that continue to dominate news headlines. DHG’s cybersecurity work with dealers suggests that many groups are increasingly falling victim to cyber-attacks and inadvertent security lapses, due to struggles with how to manage cybersecurity risk. The introduction of complex dealer management systems and supporting applications, as well as multiple third party vendors with access to sensitive customer data, continues to increase the risk of breaches of data confidentiality.

Failure to secure systems or address related regulatory requirements may lead to increasing regulatory scrutiny, impact to earnings and market value, and may damage your dealerships’ brand and reputation. We believe in the implementation of a holistic cybersecurity risk management program to help dealerships prevent cybersecurity incidents, and there are three key objectives dealer groups should address as they attempt to mitigate risk associated with a data breach.

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Tom Tollerton, CISSP, CISA, QSA | Senior Manager, IT Advisory