The British Standards Institute developed new cyber security standard for self-driving vehicles

19 Dec 2018

The British Standards Institute together with private companies, the UK National Cyber Security Centre, and the Department for Transport, developed cyber-security standard to help all parties involved in the self-driving vehicles industry in the UK. The guide focuses on issues of safety and security and it is published following the government’s 2017 guidance concerning the key principles of vehicle cybersecurity for connected and automated vehicles.

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The Internet of Things (IoT) includes a wide range of Internet-connected devices, from highly digitalised cars, home appliances (e.g. fridges), and smart watches, to digitalised clothes that can monitor health. IoT devices are often connected in wide-systems, typically described as 'smart houses' or 'smart cities'.

Cybersecurity is among the main concerns of governments, Internet users, technical and business communities. Cyberthreats and cyberattacks are on the increase, and so is the extent of the financial loss. 

Yet, when the Internet was first invented, security was not a concern for the inventors. In fact, the Internet was originally designed for use by a closed circle of (mainly) academics. Communication among its users was open.

Cybersecurity came into sharper focus with the Internet expansion beyond the circle of the Internet pioneers. The Internet reiterated the old truism that technology can be both enabling and threatening. What can be used to the advantage of society can also be used to its disadvantage.

 

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