Keys to Creating a Cybersecurity Process from the J3061 Process Framework

Connected vehicles are increasingly seen as a potential target for cybersecurity attacks. A key differentiator for the automotive industry is the use of cyber-physical systems, where a successful cybersecurity attack could affect physical entities. Often involving embedded electronics and real time control, these systems require different solutions in addition to established IT security principles and reactive responses to threats. Cybersecurity needs to be designed and built into cyber-physical systems throughout the development lifecycle to provide defense in depth. SAE J3061 provides an engineering process to design and build cybersecurity into vehicle systems in a comprehensive and systematic way, to monitor for and respond to incidents in the field, and to address vulnerabilities in service and operation. J3061 is unique in describing a process framework for cybersecurity that an organization can tailor against its other development processes. This allows an organization to develop an internal cybersecurity process consistent with its other processes in order to build cybersecurity robustness into their cyber- physical systems.

This seminar will define key concepts in cybersecurity and discuss what a cybersecurity process consists of and why one is needed for the development of cyber-physical vehicle systems. Featuring instructors from the SAE Vehicle Cybersecurity Systems Engineering Committee, the course will describe the process framework described in J3061 that will enable participants to relate it to their own organization"s processes, including cybersecurity and safety activities. The instructors will provide guidance on how to tailor the standards process framework into an internal process to build cybersecurity robustness into cyber-physical systems. Different approaches to integrate the process within the participant's organization, including the key issues and potential pitfalls with respect to implementation of a cybersecurity process, will be discussed. Key analysis activities that support the process, including Threat Analysis and Risk Assessment and Attack Tree Analysis, will also be presented.

Note: Due to the complexities and unique internal processes within each organization, participants will not be given a complete process implementation that can be directly applied in their organization. The information provided in the course will equip participants with the necessary foundation to begin tailoring the J3061 process framework for application within their organization.

What Will You Learn

By participating in this seminar, you will be able to:
  • Define key cybersecurity concepts
  • Describe what a process consists of and why a cybersecurity process is needed
  • Relate the process framework described in J3061 to your own development processes
  • Recognize ways to integrate cybersecurity and safety within your organization
  • Describe analysis activities to be performed with respect to an effective cybersecurity process
  • Recognize potential pitfalls and key issues with respect to implementation 

Is This Course For You

This course will be beneficial to anyone involved in cybersecurity including those wishing to lead their organization in implementing and applying a cybersecurity process. Cybersecurity engineers will learn the need for a cybersecurity process and comprehend the J3061 process framework for tailored application in their organization. Quality management professionals will learn that a cybersecurity process is another important factor in internal process improvement and auditing. Executives and management representatives will better understand how to use J3061 to build defense and in-depth cyber-physical vehicle systems and how to drive cost savings through a systematic process. Human Resources will comprehend the need for seeking out individuals with the skills needed to address cybersecurity within their organizations.

Materials Provided

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Course Requirements


  • Brief History of Automotive Security and Cybersecurity
    •  Introduction to Connected Vehicle Applications
  • Cyber-Physical Systems
    •   Difference between cyber-physical systems security (cybersecurity) and IT security
  • Five Levels of Vehicle Attack: wireless, wired; ECU external / internal; software / silicon
  • Reactive vs. Proactive Approach to Cybersecurity
  • What is a Process?
  • Key Concepts in Cybersecurity Defined
  • Introduction to J3061
    •  What components of a process are captured
    • Scope, rationale and intent
    • Tailoring from the ISO 26262 process framework
  • When to Apply a Cybersecurity Process
  • Cybersecurity Process Overview
    •  Motivation for a well-defined and well-structured process
    • J3061 process framework
    • Milestone and gate reviews
  • Cybersecurity Process Details
  • Overall management of cybersecurity
  • Concept phase
  • Product development at the system, hardware and software levels
  • Production, Operation and Service
  • Supporting Processes
  • Relationship between Cybersecurity Process and Safety Process
  • Review of Appendices A, C-E, G-I
  • Tailoring the J3061 Process Framework into an Internal Process
  • Examples of Key Analysis Activities
    •  Threat Analysis and Risk Assessment
    • Attack Tree Analysis
  • Outlook - future standards development in ISO/SAE activity
  • Summary