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Ten years ago, having a Wi-Fi enabled car would have sounded like pure science fiction. However, a decade ago, not everyone had a smartphone, and technology had yet to catch up with our imaginations.

Long gone are the days when a Wi-Fi connection wasn’t a given and we all didn’t have a computer in our pockets. So widespread is wireless connectivity today that when a business advertises “free Wi-Fi” it seems about as special as a motel boasting “air conditioning. “

Since we all have the means to establish an Internet connection, the integration of Wi-Fi into our automobiles has more to do with the car’s capabilities rather than our own. Aside from giving us an updated definition of what “mobile hotspot” means, a car with a Wi-Fi connection just seems like a natural progression in technology.

Internet connectivity means that your car can get the latest software updates with the same ease as your tablet, personal computer or smartphone. If a car’s software could be updated remotely, safety features could be added that wouldn’t require a trip to the repair shop. Problems such as Ford’s airbag system glitch could be fixed thanks to the built-in data connection.

On the flipside, an Internet connection in your car also means that it could become compromised via a cyberattack. If a hacker were familiar with the software implemented into these so-called “smart cars,” it wouldn’t be too difficult for them to gain control of the system.

With projections that show that most cars and trucks will be connected to the Internet by 2017, it is unsettling that there is no industry standard or single policy to govern the security of these systems.

It’s funny that the thought of our cars being cyber-jacked is alarming, yet so many of us peruse the Internet without the proper protection in place. Unlike the Wi-Fi systems placed in automobiles, there IS a policy in place to protect sensitive data stored on your company’s computers—yet multiple major businesses continue to get breached. The solution to thwart cyberattack is simple; you need file integrity monitoring (FIM) installed on your business’ network.

Why you need EzFIM

PCI DSS 3.0 is in place to prevent such data loss catastrophes as the recent Kmart breach. One key platform that must be in place on your company’s network in order to keep hackers at bay is a solid File Integrity Management system, such as EzFIM’s award-winning and affordable product. Not only will data be more secure, but you’ll also have the jump on remaining audit-free as EzFIM ensures PCI DSS 3.0 code compliance.

For more information on how EzFIM can help with security, contact one of our Tech Security experts today at: (855) 393-4666 or email them at info@ezfim.com