Auto industry bands together to fight cyber attacks on connected cars

autoinnovationAt the Battelle CyberAuto Challenge , The Auto Alliance announced a proactive stance towards automotive cyber security.  Alliance Vice President of Vehicle Safety and Harmonization, Rob Strassburger’s reported that cybersecurity is among the industry’s top priorities and the auto industry is working continuously to enhance vehicle security features.

There were many factors illustrated supporting that cars are safe from hacking.

  • Vehicle hardware has built-in security features that help protect safety critical systems, and auto control systems are isolated from communications-based functions like navigation and satellite radio.
  • Automakers use proven security techniques to help prevent unauthorized access to software, and software updates require special codes.
  • Auto engineers use “threat modeling” and simulated attacks with the latest methods to test security and to help design controls to enhance data integrity.

The Vehicle Electrical System Security Committee will evaluate challenges and technical solutions and draft standards and best practices to help ensure the safety of vehicle electronic control systems and safeguards against cybersecurity threats in.

The Alliance and Global Automakers  is working collaboratively to establish a voluntary industry sector information sharing and analysis center for collecting and sharing information about existing or potential cyber–related threats and vulnerabilities in motor vehicle electronics or connected car networks.

Analysts have noted that most successful attacks require physical access to a vehicle is needed in order to get control of a particular vehicle’s functions.