AV Cyber-Security Standards Announced in UK

The UK’s standards and compliance authority has published new standards for cyber-security in autonomous vehicles.

The British Standards Institute (BSI) received funding from the Department for Transport (DfT) to produce the standards. It developed them in collaboration with Bentley, Jaguar Land Rover, Ford, and the National Cyber Security Centre. The DfT claimed the guidance would “set a marker for” AV technology developers.

The BSI said it was aimed at “vehicle manufacturers, Tier-1 and Tier-2 supply chain suppliers, authorized service centers, after-market suppliers, road/highways authorities, [and] service providers to both the vehicle and its occupants and/or cargo”. Transport Minister Jesse Norman claimed the standards would “help to improve the resilience and readiness of the industry” against “data theft and hacking”, attacks of which type have spiked this year.

The DfT said the guidance would allow automakers to show compliance with previously published government guidance on AV cyber-security which suggested “their systems should be designed to be resilient to attacks and respond appropriately when [their] defenses fail”.

 


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