Fleet operators should be aware of potential cyber security risks as they become increasingly reliant on computers and software to manage their vehicles.
Digital INNK says operators must ensure their digital platforms use the latest technology.
Angela Montacute, CEO of Digital INNK, said: “Cyber attacks bring operational issues and the risks of reputational and financial damage. Fleets should take action to ensure the digital platforms they use to interact with customers, suppliers and internally are secured with the latest technology.
“To fight increasingly sophisticated criminals, fleets must do all they can to manage data through supply chains. Using the latest technology is essential to building security. Utilising the features and architecture of subscription-based cloud services is one method to stay updated. These services deliver real-time updates and keep defences active and up to date.”
According to government data, the cost of cyber crime to the UK is an estimated £27bn per annum. It can include everything from IP theft to industrial espionage.
Earlier this month, rental firm Sixt reported it had been the subject of cyber attack. The company, which operates 2,000 locations across 110 countries, managed to act quickly and contain it at an early stage.
In the last 12 months, 39% of UK businesses have identified a cyber attack of some kind.
Digital INNK advises management teams to build a security culture throughout the company. All team members must be aware of security issues and be aware of their roles and responsibilities in preventing cyber-attacks. A review of technology can also ensure that software is built with security in mind.