Commenting on the new government guidance released today aiming to establish better cyber security principles for connected and autonomous vehicles, Chris Gaines, cyber security partner at PwC, commented:
"The Department for Transport's key principles of Cyber Security for Connected and Automated Vehicles set out the fundamental measures for assuring the security, safety and privacy of passengers, pedestrians and our wider society. The Cyber Security risks posed by, and to, autonomous and connected vehicles are already being felt and the potential consequences of failing to properly address them are growing day by day.
"Increased interconnectivity of autonomous vehicles not only hugely increases the number of opportunities for cyber security incidents to occur, it makes them potentially more damaging. Hackers are now successfully attempting to access engine management, braking and other safety-critical systems. The need for linking the safety consequences of cyber security vulnerabilities is of growing importance, in order to ensure sufficient measures are in place to obtain and maintain passenger confidence. Trust takes a lifetime to gain and a moment to lose.
"This guidance is an excellent first step in maintaining the confidence of the consumer in the cyber safety of future vehicles and proportionate advice for automotive manufactures. It remains imperative that cyber security is understood, supported and governed in organisations, right from the very top, in a practical and effective manner. Our Seven Principles for the governance of cyber security risk are a good place for Boards to start with this.
"We look forward to working closely with both the public and private sectors in helping to ensure that the UK leads the way in the implementation of secure autonomous vehicle technology."
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