Automakers are teaming up to form an alliance against car hacking.
Recently, car hacks have taken center stage starting with news of a Jeep Cherokee being remotely hacked and controlled, followed by a report that GM’s OnStar also had a hacking vulnerability. Last week, it was revealed that Volkswagen hid a possible car hack for over two years involving smart keys and their ability to lock and unlock cars.
As a result, cybersecurity has become a focus for the industry and through the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers, manufacturers are establishing an Information Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC) to act as a secure, industrywide clearinghouse for intelligence on cyberthreats to vehicles and their networks.
Every automaker is expected to participate in the automotive ISAC including suppliers and telecommunications companies down the road. The idea is that members of the automotive ISAC will share information about vulnerabilities and attacks anonymously through the center with a dedicated professional staff of analysts diagnosing and responding to the threats.
“Is it dire right now? I wouldn’t say so, but now is the time to form the ISAC so the infrastructure and trust is there when they need an ISAC,” said Denise Anderson, chair of the National Council of ISACs and a former vice president of the financial services industry’s ISAC. “You don’t want to be caught unprepared.”
[Source: Automotive News]
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