Automotive Cybersecurity

Source: U.S. Department of Transportation National Highway Traffic Safety Administration : Vehicle Cybersecurity

Today’s automobile is highly sophisticated. A modern car typically has more than 100 microprocessors, 50 electronic control units, and 100 million lines of software code, more code than a large hadron collider, an F-35 fighter jet, a Boeing 787, and the Mars Curiosity Rover combined.

Automobiles are now also connected devices with Bluetooth, built-in cellular communication and Wi-Fi for remote start, find my car, and many other apps. Vehicle to infrastructure, vehicle to vehicle, vehicle to cloud, and vehicle to everything technology also make cars vulnerable to hackers. Features such as automatic braking and remote start would take on a very different character if they were under the control of a remote adversary.

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A comprehensive and cooperative cybersecurity environment is required; across platforms, across vehicles, and across cities. The automotive industry, collaborating with the National Institute of Standards and Technology Cybersecurity Framework, to proactively address vehicle cybersecurity challenges and continuously see methods to mitigate associated risks.

Automotive companies are turning to cybersecurity professionals and white-hat hackers to insure the safety of connected and automated vehicles.  Demand for cybersecurity professionals is high.  According to CyberSeek*, there are over 7,000 unfilled cybersecurity job openings in Michigan.   O*NET expects job growth to be much higher than average.   Industry and educational institutions are working to fill the gaps.  New programs are being introduced in high schools to increase awareness and interest in the field, and new certification and degree paths are being created to provide workers with the in-demand skills for this booming field.

The CAAT is now accepting proposals for educational institutions to develop or adapt courses, modules, or other educational artifacts that advance the preparation of skilled technicians and engineers for jobs in automotive cybersecurity.

 * CyberSeek is supported by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE), a program of the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the U.S. Department of Commerce, under Grant #60NANB15D267.


Standards Development and Best Practices

Automotive Cybersecurity Educational Programs

Associate and Bachelor Degrees

Macomb Community College - Automotive Technology - Vehicle Development Technician

Walsh College* BSIT - Automotive Cybersecurity concentration


NHTSA Resources

Cybersecurity Protection Methods | Current Research | NHTSA in Action | More Resources

NHTSA Deputy Administrator Heidi King on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's perspective to automotive cybersecurity.



In Our Resource Library

Assessing Risk, Identifying and Analyzing Cybersecurity Threats to Automated Vehicles

Improving Vehicle Cybersecurity, ICT Industry Experience and Perspectives

Connected Vehicles and Cybersecurity

How USDOT Is Protecting the Connected Transportation System From Cyber Threats

Cyberattacks Against Intelligent Transportation Systems

Advancing Data Utility While Mitigating Privacy Risk

Automated Driving Systems (ADS): A Vision for Safety 2.0


Industry Webinars

The CAAT Industry Webinars page provides links to industry webinars, many of which deal with the cybersecurity issues facing the automotive industry today, such as:

Making Autonomous Vehicles Safe with Simulation

The Growing and Transformative Impact of Technology on the Auto Industry

Connected Vehicles & Cybersecurity: How Government and Industry are Responding to New IoT Tech and Emerging Threats


ATE Centers

Automotive Cybersecurity Module Webcast