If today's cars are smartphones on wheels, racing cars are supercomputers with associated engines. As the fastest racing sport in the world, Formula One cars are packed with over 100 sensors that measure every aspect of a car's internal status and performance and together generate hundreds of gigabytes of data during a race weekend.
Away from the circuit, aerodynamic tests, race predictions simulations and video analysis for pit stops generate even more information, all of which are highly valued, sensitive and in need of protection. To keep costs down and still compete against teams with much larger budgets, the Haas F1 team is constantly looking for outsourced services as they find new ways to improve their security posture.
F1 is a data sport that must be protected
Numerous technology vendors are proud to show F1 teams as customers, but these use cases are mostly about how the sport creates terabytes of data in a given week and then uses that information to earn tenths of a second in lap times. Although you often see F1 as a & # 39; data bike & # 39; described, cyber security is rarely mentioned.
"Formula One has woken up in the last five to seven years saying technology and IT is what will make the difference between us and our competitors," says Haas F1 Team CIO Gary Foote. "Cyber security can be a subject that is not often discussed, but it is taken very seriously. If cyber security is ignored or the pecking order is mentioned in terms of technological stack, the effect can be catastrophic."