GPS technology has changed the security of fleet management in the transportation industry. Fleets are now equipped with GPS anti-theft features such as location tracking and real-time unauthorized use alerts, providing better access to physical security measures. But as the world grows more connected, a new enemy of streamlined business emerges: the hacker. Here are a few ways your GPS tracking software can keep your business, and data, safe from modern hackers.
Try the New “Over-The-Air” Programming Method
The “over-the-air” system of security updates is specifically designed for smart vehicles. This system allows fleets to push updates remotely rather than forcing vehicles to stop at a central hub to receive them manually. Imagine the time saved and earning potential of a fleet that updates on the job. With your GPS unit working constantly to deliver you the most up-to-date information available, OTA programing can take over the responsibility of security updating.
Involve your GPS in Your Incident Response Plan
Allow your telematic technology to track the who, what, and when of vehicle and equipment usage. If there are any unauthorized individuals attempting to access your vehicles or equipment, your GPS can alert your fleet managers and any other personnel designated to receive alerts.
Real-Time Coverage and Data Monitoring
A GPS unit is more than a device you use to get lost in the country. It’s an easy to set-up, 24/7 coverage of your fleet with driving reports, custom alerts, and data history built right in. The amount of data collected makes your GPS both vulnerable and protected all at once. Massive amounts of unmonitored data can be hacked and used for personal gain, but this invasion also leaves traces in the data whenever non-authorized personnel gain access. Hackers leave digital fingerprints, causing issues in equipment function. In the transportation industry, telematics software is used so regularly that any hiccup in GPS software can be scrutinized immediately and compared with prior data, highlighting differences that could indicate malicious interference.
Use a Strong Firewall to Prevent Data Tampering
As tempting as it may be to the technologically savvy, resist modifying your GPS vehicle tracking software. Modifying manufactured software leaves your device vulnerable to digital hackers, but if you are looking to upgrade your business’ digital security, consider implementing a firewall. Anti-virus protect your devices and computers, keeping your data safe from cyber threats. These will monitor the computer’s health and function to let you know if there are any threats to your system. Be smart with your data by giving it the protection it needs to remain private in a world that is increasingly public.
A last word of warning: protecting your fleet and vehicles is very important for your business’ reputation, but don’t allow physical safety to distract your business from digital theft. Insurance may cover vehicles and products stolen by a savvy car thief, but a digital attack by a cunning hacker allows private, and potentially dangerous, information out into the black market of information brokering.