Connected vehicle technology is now standard in most modern autonomous vehicles. 

But along with advancements in technology comes higher probability of vehicle / infrastructure hacking. Connections in vehicles utilize Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and now even 5G networks, which means that wrongdoers have multiple outlets to be able to gain access.

Therefore an automotive cybersecurity plan is essential to any part of the connected vehicle lifecycle.

From manufacturers, software providers, to end users, securing the vehicle is of the utmost importance because an attack would not only mean traffic delays or even vehicle damage, but in the worst scenarios could mean death of drivers, passengers, and even pedestrians.

Securing the connected vehicle is not simply limited to the vehicle itself, but to all the connections that the vehicle utilizes.

Because vehicles themselves are like platforms, the range of connectivity is diverse: from networks, to infrastructure, even to personal mobile devices, all require security.

It is crucial to secure autonomous driving systems, particularly V2X technologies, as the market continues to veer towards the growing trend of connected cars.

Because of the increasing numbers of connected vehicles on the road, standards and regulations have recently emerged, and are expected to be implemented into practice within the upcoming months and years.

In June 2020, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) WP.29 announced two new regulations regarding cybersecurity for passenger cars, vans, trucks and buses that would enter into force in January 2021. The regulations will be implemented across 4 distinct disciplines:

  • Manage vehicular cyber risks
  • Secure vehicles by design, mitigating risks along value chain
  • Detect and respond to security incidents for fleets
  • Provide safe and secure software updates, with legal basis for OTA updates for on-board software

More than 60 countries will be affected under the new regulations: 

(UNECE ECE/TRANS/WP.29/343/Rev.27 – Status of the Agreement, of the annexed Regulations and of the amendments thereto – Revision27)

AUTOCRYPT’s security solutions ensure that manufacturers and service providers comply with the newguidelines, therefore streamlining their business opportunities.

As vehicles become more connected and automated, it is becoming more crucial to ensure that vehicles have a robust cybersecurity solution implemented before they hit the road. While more traditional IT infrastructures may consider cybersecurity to be optional or simply highly recommended, because automobiles deal with human lives, there is much more at stake.

Considerations for Automotive Cybersecurity

Learn more about how AUTOCRYPT meets end-to-end cybersecurity needs for connected vehicles, on and off the road.


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