The government has warned car manufacturers they must combat threats from hackers, as cars become more intelligent
As vehicles are increasingly becoming more advanced, allowing drivers to access maps, travel information and digital radio services, fears are rising that cars are becoming more vulnerable to hackers.
It’s feared hackers could target drivers by accessing their personal data, stealing cars which use keyless entry, or even by taking control of technology for malicious reasons.
New government guidance has set out eight principles which aim to tackle this, ensuring cyber security is properly considered at every level, from designers and engineers, through to suppliers and senior level executives.
- Organisational security is promoted at board level
- Security risks are assessed and managed appropriately and proportionately throughout the supply chain
- Organisations need product aftercare and incident response to ensure systems are secure over their lifetime
- All organisations, including sub-contractors, suppliers and potential third parties, work together to enhance the security of the system
- Systems are designed using a defence-in-depth approach
- The security of all software is managed throughout its lifetime
- The storage and transmission of data is secure and can be controlled
- The system is designed to be resilient to attacks and respond appropriately when its defences or sensors fail
According to the government, this will put the UK at the forefront of technological developments in smart and autonomous vehicles, while ensuring safety and consumer protection.
Transport minister Lord Callanan said: “Our cars are becoming smarter, and self-driving technology will revolutionise the way in which we travel. Risks of people hacking into the technology might be low, but we must make sure the public is protected. Whether we’re turning vehicles into wifi-connected hotspots or equipping them with millions of lines of code to become fully automated, it is important that they are protected against cyber-attacks.
“That’s why it’s essential all parties involved in the manufacturing and supply chain are provided with a consistent set of guidelines that support this global industry. Our key principles give advice on what organisations should do, from the board level down, as well as technical design and development considerations.”
Click here for more details on the government guidance.