Automotive Industries Priority Shifts Towards Cybersecurity

New standards will innovate and reshape cyber security


Most of the present and future vehicles are computer-driven having various control units and software-based features. With this increasing demand, the importance of vehicle cybersecurity has also grown drastically over the recent years which is a major challenge to the automotive industry. There have been many advice sheets released motivating developers to adopt tools during the development process. Though this has been useful, they are being regulated too. It is a call for all automotive industries to make cybersecurity their foremost priority. 

In the second half of 2021, the upcoming ISO /SAE 21434 aims to secure vehicles with a focus on risk management. This can stir many changes for automakers, product developers, and suppliers in the sector. The organizational culture at a basic level needs to be aware of cybersecurity in general and how to mitigate its risks. To create awareness, cybersecurity leaders can be appointed for regulating various divisions. While new functionality is being developed, testing for security purposes is also vital.


Cyber security facilitates innovation 

With security issues increasing day by day, automakers must think of something innovative that can prevent a vehicle and its data from being hacked. Innovations should come up and provide several tools and services that can help OEMs and suppliers to design high-quality security codes to protect data faster. Its static analysis tool Coverity can scan source code and identify weaknesses of the code. Statistical analysis helps to speed up which is a laborious process. Manual processes are time taking but whereas computer processes can fix things at the earliest opportunity. 

On the other side is the use of open-source software, which has reduced the time and effort required to develop many of the new functions on offer in modern vehicles. But the worrisome issue is that errors can jump in when thus code is reused, creating gaps in cybersecurity

The automotive industry has already begun to speed up a culture around cybersecurity.  Various OEMs have been engaging with several kinds of research to find the possible vulnerabilities in their vehicles. Strategic partnerships between the automotive industries and cybersecurity companies have also benefited to understand and control cyberattacks. With new standards entering the market, building a culture around cybersecurity has become a must for all the automotive industries.