The use of a GPS signal or inertial simulators will be more necessary not only to reduce costs but also to prevent any foreseeable attack on satellite-dependent devices.
Some experts have claimed that in-orbit satellites are vulnerable to cyberattacks even from the ground. While researchers have worked on finding a solution, you may want to be extra careful of testing your GPS devices before their launch into the market.
University of Texas at San Antonio researchers discovered a way to limit the impact of GPS spoofing on electrical grids and other network-dependent devices. The study from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering claimed that a computer algorithm would allow cybersecurity experts with better detection and real-time prevention of such attacks.
David Akopian, the study’s co-author, said that the algorithm could be applied to self-driving cars. Since automated technology has gained traction in recent years, it has become a viable target for cybercriminals.
A driverless car’s spoofed GPS signal is only one of many threats for manufacturers of autonomous vehicles. Forging vehicle communications represents another attack that involves the manipulation of an automated car’s features. For instance, hackers may force the vehicle to recognize hazards that are non-existent.
GPS testing can mitigate these risks along with other safety protocols. Manufacturers may choose to include a “lock-down” mode for vehicles, which will ensure that passengers safely arrive at their destination while limiting the impact of an attack at the same time.
However, this requires further research to find out how the impact of attacks can be as minimal as possible in such cases.
When choosing a simulator for your GPS-reliant device, it’s important to select a system that can expose your product to different kinds of conditions that can happen in real time. This would not only ensure the reliability of the device, but also its capability of evading cyberattacks.