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UK Calls For Smart Car Cyber Protection

UK Calls For Smart Car Cyber Protection


Vehicle manufacturers have been urged by the government to combat threats from hackers as cars become more intelligent.

The measures are aimed at ensuring engineers developing smart vehicles toughen up cyber protections and design out cyber security risks.

The tough new guidance issued by The Department for Transport would also make board members of vehicle manufacturers personally accountable if their products get hacked.
 

Transport Minister Lord Callanan said:
 

“Our cars are becoming smarter and self-driving technology will revolutionise the way in which we travel. Risks of people hacking into the technology might be low, but we must make sure the public is protected. Whether we’re turning vehicles into wifi connected hotspots or equipping them with millions of lines of code to become fully automated, it is important that they are protected against cyber-attacks.

 

That’s why it’s essential all parties involved in the manufacturing and supply chain are provided with a consistent set of guidelines that support this global industry. Our key principles give advice on what organisations should do, from the board level down, as well as technical design and development considerations.”



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The eight key principles featured in the guidance are as follows:

 

  • Organisational security is owned, governed and promoted at board level;
  • Security risks are assessed and managed appropriately and proportionately, including those specific to the supply chain;
  • Organisations need product aftercare and incident response to ensure systems are secure over their lifetime;
  • All organisations, including sub-contractors, suppliers and potential 3rd parties, work together to enhance the security of the system;
  • Systems are designed using a defence-in-depth approach;
  • The security of all software is managed throughout its lifetime;
  • The storage and transmission of data is secure and can be controlled;
  • The system is designed to be resilient to attacks and respond appropriately when its defences or sensors fail.

 

Mike Hawes, Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders Chief Executive, said:
 

“We’re pleased that government is taking action now to ensure a seamless transition to fully connected and autonomous cars in the future and, given this shift will take place globally, that it is championing cyber security and shared best practice at an international level. These vehicles will transform our roads and society, dramatically reducing accidents and saving thousands of lives. A consistent set of guidelines is an important step towards ensuring the UK can be among the first – and safest – of international markets to grasp the benefits of this exciting new technology.”