How to navigate cybersecurity type approvals

24 March, 21

Europe’s leading automotive engineering consultancy, HORIBA MIRA, today published the first in a series of four industry White Papers that will help guide vehicle manufacturers and the tiered automotive supply chain to navigate the systemic changes required to meet the new cybersecurity regulation and standards.

Cybersecurity presents one of the most formidable structural challenges to the automotive industry in recent times. As vehicles have become increasingly software-dependent and connected to their operating environment, they are increasingly exposed to cybersecurity liabilities and risk. A new cybersecurity regulation set down by the UNECE and standards that are in development by the ISO/SAE will in the immediate future establish significant new requirements for vehicle manufacturers to secure Type Approval. Without action, vehicle manufacturers in many markets will simply not be able to sell their cars, trucks or buses.

Navigating the new regulation is therefore mission-critical for the industry. HORIBA MIRA’s Vehicle Resilience engineers bring a complete contextual understanding of cybersecurity and its place in the wider automotive V-cycle. Having actively contributed to drafting of the new regulation and standard, they are extremely well positioned to guide OEMs through the process.

The White Paper, How to Navigate Cybersecurity Type Approvals, details how vehicle manufacturers must institute a cybersecurity management system (CSMS), take full lifecycle responsibility for cybersecurity of their product lines and submit to routine auditing of these new cybersecurity protocols. 

Anthony Martin, Head of Vehicle Resilience Technologies at HORIBA MIRA said, “The impact of Regulation 155 will profoundly affect how road-going vehicles are designed, built and managed over their lifecycle. To avoid significant commercial liabilities – the worst of which will prevent the sale of vehicles that lack the requisite Type Approval – vehicle manufacturers need to act promptly to get a CSMS in place.”

He continued, “Furthermore, they must establish that the scope and implementation of the CSMS is fit-for-purpose and ensure that their organisation is not just procedurally but also culturally aligned to a world where cybersecurity considerations will shortly become pervasive. Today’s White Paper encapsulates all of this intent founded on HORIBA MIRA’s considerable automotive cybersecurity expertise.”

HORIBA MIRA has the expertise to help vehicle manufacturers and suppliers to reduce risk, avoid reputational damage and avoid costly delays or quality issues when tackling the demands of the new cybersecurity requirements.

As part of its cybersecurity consulting services, HORIBA MIRA has a suite of services expressly designed to help the industry prepare for the impact of Regulation 155. These include a UNECE Readiness Programme, peer-to-peer training, full engineering consultancy, verification & validation services and a CSMS audit programme to benchmark regulatory preparedness.

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