Cybersecurity for connected vehicles

In the good old days automobiles used to be mechanical devices. But today many advanced vehicles have nearly 100 discrete electronic control units (ECUs) and in some cases more than 100 million lines of code, a significant portion of which makes up advanced driver assist systems (ADASs). Moving toward the 2020s, ADASs will become increasingly sophisticated and eventually morph into full blown autonomous driving systems. In such a scenario the automobile industry is seriously concerned about cybersecurity threats. Last year Chrysler had to recall 1.4 million vehicles after a pair of hackers demonstrated that they could remotely hijack a Jeep’s digital systems over the Internet. Recently the global automobile industry has set up the the Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC) to provide guidance on Automotive Cybersecurity Best Practices. This piece by Yoav provides a summary of the current situation in this important area.

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