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Cybersecurity Outlook: Trucking Still Fighting the Ever-Nimble Hacker

This story appears in the March 14 print edition of iTECH, a supplement to Transport Topics.

Trucking companies still on high alert from seemingly endless reports of hacker break-ins last year should brace for even more sophisticated capers in 2016, according to a string of reports released by top cybersecurity firms.

“Cybersecurity should be a key strategic component of any industry, especially trucking,” said Nicholas Then, director of network operations at truckload carrier Celadon Group. “Attacks can disrupt goods and services, divert finances, destroy a company’s reputation or hurt customers.”

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Woody Lovelace, senior vice president of corporate planning and development at Southeastern Freight Lines, agreed: “Not only are we concerned for the security of our data, but also the denial of service incidents. The dependence we have on our systems in supporting our customer interfaces and our core transportation network is extensive.”

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Security experts say the image of yesteryear’s hacker — the pimply faced teen on a lark for grins and giggles — has given way to organized crime teams, hellbent on stealing and monetizing stolen data.

“Select any economic sector at random, and the chances are high that you’ll find something in the media about a cybersecurity incident or problem,” said Aleks Gostev, chief security expert at Kaspersky Lab, a security software maker.

The evolution of breaches is beginning to take a turn toward real-world effects on enterprises’ bottom lines and people’s lives,” added Raimund Genes, chief technology officer at security software firm Trend Micro.

High on the list of hacks truckers need to watch out for in 2016 will be a spike in ransomware showing up on Apple computers — which previously had been bypassed by hackers in favor of more prevalent Windows machines, according to Kaspersky.

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