ACEA moves to counter risks of cyber-attacks20 October 2017

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) has published six key principles for vehicle cybersecurity, which have been endorsed by all its members including van, truck and bus manufacturers.

The move comes to counter the risks of cyber-attacks as autonomous truck development increases, as well as increased connectivity of all motor vehicles.

The digital world presents “unprecedented opportunities”, says ACEA secretary general Erik Jonnaert, but with that comes risk.

“One of these is the threat of a direct cyber-attack on your car or indeed a whole fleet of vehicles. Keeping cybersecurity risks for connected vehicles in check is therefore of crucial importance,” he says.

Last month, the European Commission published a document on cybersecurity, in which it said that specific sectors facing particular threats should be encouraged to develop their own approach to cybersecurity to complement general cyberstrategies.

ACEA’s key principles are: cultivating a cybersecurity culture; adopting a cybersecurity lifecycle for vehicle development; assessing security functions through testing phases; managing a security update policy; providing incident response and recovery; and improving information sharing among participants.

All manufacturers agree to endorse these principles to enhance the protection of connected and automated vehicles against cyberthreats.

Laura Cork

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