Butzel Long attorney Jennifer Dukarski quoted in Crain’s Detroit Business on automotive cybersecurity and bug bounties
Bug bounty: For automakers, managing risk means understanding hacker motives
By Chad Halcom
Hacking can be a risk management specialist's nightmare — maybe more so in the automotive industry, where vulnerable software could operate the very systems that protect customers' lives.
But local experts said mitigating that risk really means understanding a hacker's motives, engaging the research community and supply chain — and enticing the top hacking talent by offering the right incentives.
That last part might seem counterintuitive. But this year Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC and General Motors Co. launched their own programs, sometimes called "bug bounties," to collaborate with independent researchers, or "white-hat" hackers, to help them find and plug security holes. California electric car maker Tesla Motors Inc. has sponsored a bug bounty program since mid-2015.