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Government highlights cyber security for automotive industry

Release Date: 
07/08/2017

The Department for Transport (DfT) has published a set of principles to ensure that a tougher approach is taken to cyber security throughout the automotive industry.

As the industry continues to transition from a sector founded in mechanics to one driven by electronics and software, the issue of cyber security has become an increasing concern.

Whilst connected and autonomous vehicles become more prevalent on UK roads, it is crucial that manufacturers consider the security requirements within a vehicle’s design and help to protect our national infrastructure.

The main cyber security threats to connected and automotive vehicles include loss of control, loss of data, leaking or sharing of data, denial of service or malicious manipulation of software, network outage or disruption of power supply and even interception or hijackings.

Cyber security is a potential area of huge vulnerability for the automotive industry, should the correct measures of protection not be taken. It is expected that there will be an increase in the employment of tech-savvy cyber security professionals throughout the supply chain and across the automotive industry.

Transport Minister, Lord Callanan said “Risks of people hacking into the technology might be low, but we must make sure the public is protected… Our key principles give advice on what organisations should do, from the board level down, as well as technical design and development considerations.”

The key principles of vehicle cyber security for connected and autonomous vehicles can be read here.