As cars get more connected the vulnerability to cyber attacks is also increasing, cybersecurity is a threat to the adoption of this technology as the consequences can be catastrophic if any car is hacked as the loss can not only be of data or privacy but of life. The automakers are acknowledging this threat and are taking steps to mitigate the risks of cyberattacks. The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), in this direction, has published six key principles of automobile cybersecurity, which all its members endorse.
Citing the steps that can be taken to counter such risks ACEA in a press release has stated that Firstly, the number of data interfaces within a vehicle should be limited. Secondly, interfaces that are needed for connectivity purposes should be protected with very high cybersecurity measures. In the press release ACEA has warned that if adequate cybersecurity mechanisms are not implemented and cybersecurity risks not dealt with appropriately, the interfaces of connected vehicles can present an opportunity for exploiting vulnerabilities. Attackers may, for instance, compromise the user’s personal data, threaten vehicle systems or endanger the safety of passengers.
ACEA has expressed confidence in the automobile industry and states that automakers have taken the lead in designing and producing safe and secure connected and automated vehicles, by following well-established safety and security principles.
In this spirit, and demonstrating the industry’s commitment to continue to ensure user safety, ACEA and its 15 member companies today published a set of six key principles:
- Cultivating a cybersecurity culture
- Adopting a cybersecurity life cycle for vehicle development
- Assessing security functions through testing phases
- Managing a security update policy
- Providing incident response and recovery
- Improving information sharing amongst industry actors
All manufacturers agree to endorse these principles to enhance the protection of connected and automated vehicles against cyber threats. It is known that the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA) represents the 14 Europe-based car, van, truck and bus makers. ACEA’s members are BMW, DAF, Daimler AG, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford Europe, Hyundai Europe, Iveco, Jaguar Land Rover, Opel Group, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Renault, Toyota Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars and Volvo Group.