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Cybersecurity is no longer just about protecting digital data produced by organizations and agencies – it’s also a vital consideration in the automotive industry.

Cybersecurity has risen in importance as the automotive industry undergoes a transformation driven by new personal-mobility concepts, autonomous driving, vehicle electrification, and car connectivity.

In the new digital era, this problem is increasingly disturbing as vulnerabilities may exist within a vehicle’s wireless communication functions, within a mobile device — such as a cellular phone or tablet connected to the vehicle via USB, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi — or within a third-party device connected through a vehicle diagnostic port.

Today’s cars have up to 150 electronic control units; by 2030, many observers expect them to have roughly 300 million lines of software code. By way of comparison, today’s cars have about 100 million lines of code. To put that into perspective, a passenger aircraft has an estimated 15 million lines of code, a modern fighter jet about 25 million, and a mass-market PC operating system close to 40 million.

This overabundance of complex software code results from both the legacy of designing electronics systems in specific ways for the past 35 years and the growing requirements and increasing complexity of systems in connected and autonomous cars.

As with all other areas of advanced digital technology, the interconnected nature of contemporary automotive engineering generates ample opportunity for cyberattacks—not only in the car but also along the entire value chain.

Cybersecurity professionals overwhelmingly want to see automotive players deploy cybersecurity over the entire product life cycle and not just up to when the car is sold to a customer.

Want to learn more? Tonex offers Automotive Cybersecurity Training Course, a 3-day class that covers all aspects of cybersecurity within the context of road vehicles. 

Additionally, Tonex offers nearly three dozen more courses in Cybersecurity Foundation. This includes cutting edge courses like:

Cybersecurity Fundamentals (2 days)

Electric Grid Cybersecurity Master Certification (4 weeks)

Network Security Training (2 days)

Software Security Training (2 days)

ICS Cybersecurity Training (4 days)

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