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Special Report: Securing the Modern Vehicle: A Study of Automotive Industry Cybersecurity Practices

84-percent of automotive professionals have concerns that their organizational cybersecurity practices are not keeping pace with evolving technologies, reveals Securing the Modern Vehicle: A Study of Automotive Industry Cybersecurity Practices, a report released by Synopsys and SAE International. Additionally, the survey points out that 30-percent of organizations do not have an established cybersecurity program or team, and 63-percent test less than half of the automotive technology they develop because of perceived security vulnerabilities.


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This report is based on a survey of global automotive manufacturers and suppliers conducted by Ponemon Institute, and shed light on how auto organizations do not feel they are quite up to the task of securing the modern automated and connected vehicle.

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Other key findings from the report highlight several areas where organizations struggle with cybersecurity:

  • Lack of cybersecurity skills and resources - More than half of respondents say their organization doesn’t allocate enough budget and human capital to cybersecurity, while 62 percent say they don’t possess the necessary cybersecurity skills in product development.
  • Proactive cybersecurity testing is not a priority - Less than half of organizations test their products for security vulnerabilities. Meanwhile, 71 percent believe that pressure to meet product deadlines is the primary factor leading to security vulnerabilities.
  • Developers need cybersecurity training - Only 33-percent of respondents reported that their organizations educate developers on secure coding methods. Additionally, 60 percent say a lack of understanding or training on secure coding practices is a primary factor that leads to vulnerabilities.
  • Cybersecurity risk throughout the supply chain - Seventy-three percent of respondents expressed concern about the cybersecurity of automotive technologies supplied by third parties. Meanwhile, only 44-percent say their organization imposes cybersecurity requirements for products provided by upstream suppliers.

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Matt De Reno is SAE MOBILUS web portal manager at SAE International. His interests include automated and connected vehicles, micromobility, smart cities, and automotive cybersecurity.  

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