This is how Formula 1 teams fight off cyberattacks

The Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One team is one of the most dominant F1 teams of all time and has won seven Constructor’s World Championships in a row since 2014, with seven-time World Champion Lewis Hamilton, who many consider to be the greatest ever Formula 1 driver, winning the F1 Drivers’ Championship on six of those occasions.

Mercedes face challenges from nine other teams on the track during race weekends, but these are far from the only adversaries that the team has to worry about. The high-profile, high- nature of Formula 1 makes it a tempting target for cyber criminals and sophisticated of all kinds.

“The profile of this organisation, the popularity of the sport and the fact that we’ve been pretty successful over the last few years actually acts as a little bit of a target for this type of activity,” explains Michael Taylor, IT director at Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One.

Most of the cyber an F1 team faces will be familiar to organisations around the world, such as the phishing attacks attempting to steal usernames, passwords and other sensitive information, or the constant threat of ransomware. But

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