Your prized ‘57 Chevy without significant electronics content is probably safe from hackers, but modern vehicles can be threatened in several ways, from targeting keyless entry systems to extracting private information from infotainment units.
At ZF, our program is designed to defend our systems so that unauthorized cyber access to a vehicle can have minimal impact on the functions that we are responsible for. Since many of our products affect safety, we begin with this focus.
What is the industry doing as a whole? ZF is a member of the Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC), an industry group created to share cybersecurity threats, vulnerabilities and countermeasures and coordinate reaction to events across the global automotive industry. The industry is also working together on a cybersecurity engineering standard, ISO 21434. We are working with the entire industry in these activities and helping play an active role as the ISO and SAE teams work toward a common global standard.
The bottom line: we want customers and the public to know they can place their trust in their vehicles and the systems made by ZF.