Security for Automobile Industry

With the inter-connectivity of devices becoming ever more present in our lives, it’s vital to bring security standards up to par. In the automotive industry, this can be especially difficult owing to its many unique properties that make the problems of security unique to the industry.Considering how different automotive domain is from all the others, it’s hard to come up with a suitable security assurance framework addressing the whole life-cycle. You can’t apply available approaches from other domains directly, but it’s still possible to use some of their core ideas. Let’s have a look at what those ideas may be and how to apply them to a possible automotive information security framework.
With the growing connectivity of cars, mobile integration and use of the internet, it’s safe to say that private networks in the car will soon be no more. It comes with increased functionality, cost-effectiveness, and comfort, but also new implications for functional safety. In those circumstances, it’s clear that we need to define sector-specific automotive security standards, but to do so, we must draw from existing security frameworks of other industries.

Automotive-Specific Information Security Standard

The main priority of any security standard is to make security a vital part of the manufacture process. Automotive systems need to be protected, so there should be an effort to do that by extending the existing quality systems. That includes identifying and managing risks as well as allowing for independent reviews of information security practices.

The Difference Between Automotive and IT Systems

Nowadays it is certainly  that some IT-related practices can be applied to the automotive context when building a security framework. However, we need to consider differences between the two domains. Considering their characteristics, automotive and IT systems face different challenges. In automotive, adversaries may have physical access to devices.

Challenges of Information Security Approach

The uniqueness of the automotive domain has more interesting problems that need to be solved. Namely, how do we approach security processes? The solution could be a company-level implementation, which means that each company must ensure their product development processes have the same focus on security. However, the level of protection could be different for each product. Therefore it becomes a challenge to ensure an industry-wide security requirement level across different product classes.
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