The Importance of Vulnerability Management in the Automotive Industry

Development in the automotive industry is constantly being driven forward. One of the results are complex systems that can be vulnerable to cyber attacks. Björn Engelhardt explains the role vulnerability management plays in making your systems safe and secure.

September 4, 2023 – Reading time: 3 minutes

The automotive industry is constantly evolving, with new and innovative designs being introduced every year. However, this progress also brings new challenges, such as the need to identify and mitigate vulnerabilities in these complex systems. This is especially important when it comes to embedded systems, which can be vulnerable to cyber-attacks. In this blog post, we will discuss the importance of vulnerability management in the automotive industry and how it can help ensure the safety and security of vehicles.

The Role of Stakeholders in Vulnerability Management

Proper vulnerability management requires the active participation of all stakeholders in the automotive industry. This includes OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers), suppliers, and end users. OEMs and suppliers are responsible for monitoring, evaluating, reporting, and resolving vulnerabilities in their systems. They must ensure that every known vulnerability is assessed and treated, and that remediations are implemented to address any unreasonable risks.

End users also have an important role to play in vulnerability management. They can become active custodians of their vehicles by ensuring that they update their vehicle systems in a timely fashion. This can help prevent cyber-attacks and ensure that the vehicle’s systems are functioning properly.

The ISO/SAE 21434 Standard

Within the automotive industry, vulnerability management is mandated by the ISO/SAE 21434 standard. This standard requires that all known vulnerabilities are assessed and treated, and that available remediations are implemented to address any unreasonable risks. The goal is to ensure that vehicles are as safe and secure as possible, and that any vulnerabilities are identified and addressed before they can be exploited.

Our Services

Identifying and managing vulnerabilities, by monitoring known vulnerabilities based on several data sources, is where our Cybersecurity Department comes in. We offer vulnerability management and monitoring services that can help ensure the security of your vehicles. Our team inputs your hardware and software bill of materials into our system and provides you with vulnerability reports during the different phases of your project.

Conclusion

In conclusion, vulnerability management and monitoring are essential aspects of the automotive industry. It requires the active participation of all stakeholders, from OEMs and suppliers to end users. By following the ISO/SAE 21434 standard and working with experts like our Cybersecurity Department, automotive companies can ensure the security of their vehicles and protect against cyber-attacks. If you want to learn more about our vulnerability management and monitoring services, please get in touch with us or check out our website.

Author

  • Björn Engelhardt

    Cybersecurity Manager
    Head of Process Consulting

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