US government urges cyber security sharing for connected car threats

January 18, 2016

The US Department of Transportation has urged the automotive industry to shareinformation and work with researchers to tackle potential car hack attacks.

Cyber security is rising up the agenda as the government pushes car companies to pay close attention to flaws identified by security researchers.

The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration (NHTSA) has set out safety principles for 2016 that urge car makers to share knowledge on security flaws.

Part of this will be facilitated by an information sharing and analysis centre which should allow car makers to work together on developing a set of best practices to combat threats to connected cars.

These practices will look to establish common ways to combat generic threats and vulnerabilities in the computer systems of cars.

Another major part of the safety principles is to ensure that the automotive industry engages with external cyber security researchers to facilitate better threat detection.

Eighteen major car manufacturers, including Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, Ford and General Motors, have all committed to following the NHTSA principles, highlighting how the industry is aware that cars could be vulnerable to cyber attacks as they develop more connectivity.

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