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ISO 21434 safeguarding the future of automotive security

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What is ISO21434?

ISO 21434 is an international standard that focuses on automotive cybersecurity. It provides guidelines and best practices for managing cybersecurity risks throughout the entire lifecycle of automotive systems, including design, development, production, operation, maintenance, and decommissioning.

The standard was developed in response to the increasing connectivity and complexity of vehicles. As modern vehicles become more reliant on software and networked systems, the risk of cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities also increases. ISO 21434 aims to address these risks and establish a systematic approach to automotive cybersecurity.

ISO 21434 covers various aspects related to automotive cybersecurity, including risk assessment, security requirements, security validation, and incident response. By following the guidelines outlined in the standard, automotive manufacturers and suppliers can enhance the security of their products and systems, mitigate risks, and demonstrate their commitment to cybersecurity.

The history of ISO21434

The journey towards ISO 21434 began in 2016 when the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) established a technical committee called ISO/TC 22/SC 32/WG 11. This working group was specifically tasked with developing standards related to cybersecurity for road vehicles.

The initial focus of the working group was to identify the existing standards and best practices in the field of automotive cybersecurity. They gathered information from various sources, including industry experts, academic research, and relevant organizations. This research phase helped establish a foundation for further standardization efforts.

In 2018, the working group published ISO/SAE 21434: Road vehicles – Cybersecurity engineering. This document served as a precursor to ISO 21434 and provided early guidance on cybersecurity engineering processes for automotive systems. It aimed to help organizations understand and address cybersecurity risks throughout the development lifecycle of vehicles.

Why should I care about ISO21434 in automotive development?

Compliance with ISO 21434 is not mandatory but is highly recommended for organizations involved in the design, development, and production of automotive systems. Adhering to the standard helps organizations establish a robust cybersecurity management system, improve their products’ trustworthiness, and enhance customer confidence in the security of their vehicles.

Overall, ISO 21434 serves as a roadmap for automotive cybersecurity, providing a framework for organizations to identify, assess, and manage cybersecurity risks throughout the lifecycle of their products. It plays a crucial role in safeguarding vehicles and their occupants from potential cyber threats while promoting a standardized approach to automotive cybersecurity across the industry.

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ISO 21434: A Roadmap to Secure Automotive Systems

The standard covers various aspects of automotive cybersecurity, including:

    • Risk assessment: ISO 21434 emphasizes the importance of conducting a comprehensive risk assessment to identify potential vulnerabilities and threats within automotive systems. Riscure’s team of experts can assist you in assessing risks specific to your devices or vehicles, ensuring a tailored approach to your cybersecurity needs.
    • Security requirements: The standard outlines the essential security requirements that should be integrated into the design and development processes of automotive systems. Riscure can help you develop secure architectures, implement secure coding practices, and verify compliance with the specified requirements.
    • Security validation: ISO 21434 places significant importance on security validation throughout the product development lifecycle. Riscure offers a wide range of testing and validation services, including penetration testing, vulnerability assessments, and secure code reviews, to ensure that your products meet the highest security standards.
    • Incident response: The standard emphasizes the need for a well-defined incident response plan to effectively manage and mitigate potential cybersecurity incidents. Riscure can assist you in developing and implementing a robust incident response strategy, enabling you to respond promptly and effectively to any security breaches.

    ISO 21434 and the relationship with UN R155

    UN R155 and ISO 21434 are two separate standards that address different aspects of automotive cybersecurity. However, there is a relationship between them in terms of their objectives and their influence on the automotive industry.

    UN R155, also known as the United Nations Regulation No. 155, is a regulation developed by the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE). It focuses on cybersecurity and software updates for automotive systems. UN R155 sets forth requirements and obligations for automotive manufacturers to ensure the cybersecurity of their vehicles, including processes for risk assessment, incident response, and secure software updates.

    ISO 21434, on the other hand, is an international standard developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). It provides guidance and best practices for managing cybersecurity risks throughout the lifecycle of automotive systems. ISO 21434 offers a comprehensive framework that covers risk assessment, security requirements, security validation, and incident response, among other aspects.

    It’s important to note that compliance with UN R155 does not automatically guarantee compliance with ISO 21434, and vice versa. However, both standards share similar principles and objectives in addressing cybersecurity risks in the automotive industry. Organizations that aim to achieve compliance with both standards may find that there are synergies in implementing cybersecurity practices that align with the requirements of both UN R155 and ISO 21434.

    Ultimately, the relationship between UN R155 and ISO 21434 reflects the industry’s recognition of the importance of cybersecurity in vehicles and the need for both regulatory and voluntary standards to address the evolving landscape of automotive cybersecurity.Would you like to know more about ISO 21434 in regards to UN R155? Please read this industry update by Alex Goumans, Meghdipa Manna, Rafael Boix Carpi, Pascal van Gimst

    Why Choose Riscure as Your ISO 21434 Compliance Partner?

    Riscure is a trusted name in the field of device and automotive security, with years of experience helping organizations achieve compliance with industry standards. By choosing Riscure as your compliance partner, you benefit from:

      • Expertise: Our team consists of industry leading skilled professionals with extensive knowledge of automotive cybersecurity and ISO 21434 compliance. We stay up to date with the latest industry trends and technologies to provide you with the most relevant and effective solutions.
      • Comprehensive services: From risk assessment and security design to testing and incident response planning, Riscure offers a comprehensive range of services to support you throughout the entire ISO 21434 compliance journey.
      • Cutting-edge tools and methodologies: Riscure utilizes state-of-the-art tools (that we develop ourselves) and methodologies to deliver accurate and reliable results. Our advanced testing techniques enable us to identify vulnerabilities and recommend appropriate countermeasures to strengthen your cybersecurity posture.
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        Riscure True code
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      • Global recognition: Riscure’s reputation extends worldwide, with clients across the globe trusting us to protect their critical systems. Our expertise and commitment to excellence have earned us recognition as a leader in the field of device and automotive security.
      • World class training: Riscure offers comprehensive ISO 21434 training programs tailored specifically for developers, architects, and designers in the automotive industry. Our training equips participants with the knowledge and skills to effectively implement cybersecurity measures throughout the product development lifecycle. Covering key aspects of ISO 21434, including risk assessment, security requirements, and validation processes, our expert-led training empowers attendees to integrate security seamlessly into their design and development practices. Through practical exercises and real-world case studies, participants gain a deep understanding of automotive cybersecurity principles and best practices, enabling them to contribute to the creation of secure and resilient automotive systems that meet ISO 21434 compliance standards. You can find our automotive security training here: https://www.riscure.com/academy/automotive-security/
      • Dedicated security evaluation services for automotive: Whether you are developing an automotive solution from scratch or would like to assess the security of an existing product, Riscure is here to help. Discover our range of security evaluation services on this page: https://www.riscure.com/markets/automotive/

      Take the Next Step Towards Automotive Cybersecurity

      Don’t let your devices or automotive systems fall victim to security threats. Take proactive measures to secure your products and achieve ISO 21434 compliance with the help of Riscure. Contact us today to discuss your cybersecurity needs and learn how our expertise can safeguard your future. Together, let’s drive innovation while ensuring the safety and security of tomorrow’s vehicles.

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