Automotive industry embarks on cyber resilience project

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Cyber security requirement on roads network for connected cars

An industry consortium is working on detecting and responding to cyber threats which exploit the connected mobility network.

A pioneering project on how connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs) and their associated infrastructure can develop real-time responsiveness to cybersecurity threats, has highlighted a need for a national road transport cybersecurity programme in order for the UK to safely support CAV adoption across the transport network.

The ResiCAV project to fulfill this need involves a consortium comprising HORIBA MIRA, Thales, BT, WMG at the University of Warwick, the Centre for Modelling & Simulation (CFMS), Oxfordshire County Council, AESIN Techworks as well as other universities and the National Digital Exploitation Centre (NDEC).

As part of the project, the consortium is studying the feasibility of creating a UK Cybersecurity centre of excellence to detect, understand and respond to emerging cybersecurity threats in real time across the mobility network.

This work involved the definition of the physical and virtual capabilities required along with research into new methods that help CAVs and their infrastructure detect, understand and respond to cyber-attacks.

According to Anthony Martin, Head of Vehicle Resilience Technologies at HORIBA MIRA, as the UK moves from CAV demonstrations to mass deployment, the need to protect these vehicles and associated infrastructure from potentially catastrophic cybersecurity failures cannot be overstated.

“This research has successfully demonstrated how a Cybersecurity ‘Centre of Excellence’ can support future transport systems to develop real-time responsiveness to cybersecurity threats. Ultimately, ResiCAV’s findings have highlighted the absolute and urgent need for a collaborative cybersecurity programme, hence our next steps will be to secure funding for the development of the UK Centre of Excellence for Road Transport Cybersecurity Resilience,” he says.

Developing a world-class cybersecurity capability of this nature will be critical in building trust in CAV technologies as they are deployed, supporting the integration of CAV technologies across the UK’s future transport network.

“ResiCAV has shown how the UK is well positioned to become a world-leader in automotive cybersecurity and vehicle resilience,” concludes Martin.

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