New Recommendations for Contributing to Automotive Security Research and Innovation
Holistic view of emerging automotive security landscape covers physical supply chain, connected vehicles, autonomous vehicles, consumer electronics and beyond
October 16, 2017

Hudson Thrift

FASTR released new insights into the automotive security landscape as recommendations for research and innovation. This landscape describes the opportunities for FASTR members and the broader industry to advance the field of automotive security.

FASTR, a nonprofit research consortium dedicated to automotive cybersecurity, views the automotive security landscape holistically, including everything from the physical supply chain, to consumer electronics used to unlock your car door, to the technical stack responsible for perception and motion planning, and beyond. All of these components must be understood together, in order to accelerate a safe and reliable realization of tomorrow’s vehicles.

FASTR’s landscape details future-looking development in areas across the expanding automotive ecosystem:

■ Physical supply chain

■ Embedded development

■ Over-the-air updates

■ Connected vehicles

■ Production and development environments

■ Consumer electronics

■ Infrastructure

■ Autonomous vehicles

Understanding the roles and relationships of components in your systems is a fundamental aspect of security. When it comes to the future of automotive security, we need a clear understanding of what the whole system entails and where more research is needed to drive further innovation.

We invite anyone in the automotive ecosystem to examine where they fit within the security landscape and where their expertise can best be applied to drive contributions toward secure vehicles of the future.

“Collaboration and coordination, especially in cybersecurity, are increasingly critical for our industry moving forward,” said Faye Francy, Executive Director of the Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC) and FASTR associate member. “By providing a holistic view of cybersecurity considerations for connected and autonomous vehicles, FASTR is facilitating that cooperation and helping players across the automotive ecosystem find the right place to engage.”

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Hudson Thrift is Chair of the Technical Steering Committee at FASTR, and Infrastructure Security Team Leader for Uber's Advanced Technologies Group