Larry Snow with the Secure Transportation and Executive Protection News podcast for Thursday, May 24th, 2018.
In Vehicle News
BMW racing to patch 14 security vulnerabilities found in its cars
Chinese researchers discovered 14 vulnerabilities on the onboard computers of a number of BMW vehicles, leading the automaker to begin issuing security patches over-the-air and through dealer networks. These flaws affect the infotainment unit, telematics controls, and the wireless communications systems on BMW’s i Series, X1 sDrive, 5 Series, and 7 Series models dating as far back as 2012. Four of the discovered vulnerabilities require hackers to have physical USB access to the car, while six of the vulnerabilities can be exploited remotely. The last four vulnerabilities require physical access to the car’s computer.
In Technology News
Schools are spending billions on high-tech security. But are students any safer?
With each new school shooting the routine of death and grief grows numbingly familiar, and so does the inescapable question: Is there any way for schools to stop them?
School districts trying to avoid becoming next on the list are urgently chasing answers, with an increasing number staking their hopes on high-tech security systems originally developed for the military, police and private industry.
Uber shutters self-driving project in Arizona two months after fatal accident
Uber is ending its self-driving program in Arizona, focusing its efforts instead on existing operations in Pittsburgh and San Francisco, where the company has its headquarters.
In Business of Executive Protection News
Tomorrow, May 25, Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into effect, imposing new obligations on companies that market to, track, or handle the personal data of Europeans—whether or not those companies are in Europe. For any company doing business in the EU (and any company that might have EU personal data in its databases), the GDPR is one of the most significant regulatory changes of the past several years. Even companies that are not directly subject to the GDPR are likely to be asked to represent that they are GDPR compliant when acting as a vendor to organizations to which the regulations do apply.
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