Formula 1 is the highest class of single-seater auto racing sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA). As one of the most technologically advanced and high-stakes forms of motorsport, Formula 1 teams rely on sophisticated computer systems and networks to design, develop, and manage their cars.
This reliance on technology makes Formula 1 teams vulnerable to cyber threats and attacks, which can have serious consequences for their operations and performance.
Formula 1 team targeted
One notable example of a cyber attack in Formula 1 occurred in 2017, when the Renault Sport Formula One Team was targeted by hackers who managed to gain access to the team's confidential technical and strategic data.
The hackers were able to extract detailed information about the team's race cars, including design and performance data, as well as sensitive information about their strategies and tactics.
The attack was traced to a group of hackers based in Eastern Europe, who were reportedly motivated by a desire to sell the stolen data to rival teams.Read more
In response to the Renault attack and other similar incidents, Formula 1 teams and the FIA have stepped up their efforts to improve cyber security and protect against future attacks.
This has included implementing stricter security protocols and measures, such as enhanced access controls and encrypted communications, as well as regular security assessments and audits.
Teams have also increased their focus on cyber security training and awareness for their employees, to help reduce the risk of human error and insider threats.
Risks remain significant
Despite these measures, however, the risks of cyber attacks in Formula 1 remain significant, as the sport continues to push the boundaries of technology and innovation.
As teams increasingly rely on complex systems and networks to manage and control their cars, they will need to remain vigilant and proactive in protecting against cyber threats.
This will require a combination of robust technical measures and effective organisational strategies, to ensure that Formula 1 teams are able to defend against attacks and maintain the high levels of performance and competitiveness that are essential to the sport.
In discussions with the CIO of a Formula 1 team, they said they were concerned about possible attacks via their website and their web assets. The team uses a third-party to produce and manage those resources using a Drupal content management system.
Their concern was they didn't know what their attack surface was. They didn't know what they didn't know, and it did not feel like they had visibility of all the web assets associated with their team. As the CIO of a Formula 1 team, they are used to having accurate data and statistics.
Their head of IT operations commented “It would be really useful to get visibility of our attack surface”.Find out more
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By using FractalScan Surface they now feel they have complete visibility of their external assets and feel in control of the risks they face.
The FractalScan Surface team assessed the attack surface of all ten Formula 1 teams and performed analysis of their overall cyber security posture.
Some teams were found to have a significant number of critical risks with the highest for a single team being 212. Having any critical risks in the current climate is a ticking time bomb.
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