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Cyber Security in Autonomous and Semi-Autonomous Systems Training

Cyber Security in Autonomous and Semi-Autonomous Systems Training is a 3-day intense training program focuses on security of autonomous and non-autonomous vehicles, a growing concern, due to the increased exposure of the functionality to the potential attackers and the reliance of car functionalities on diverse autonomous systems.

For course agenda and outline, CLICK HERE. Nowhere is this more pronounced than in the seemingly improbable advancement of autonomous systems. Pushed along by 5G networks, smart cities and the exponential expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous vehicles could be the solution to a multitude of roadway conundrums including grid lock, traffic deaths and reduced emissions.

Unfortunately, autonomous systems are also expected to open up new avenues of cyber-attacks as cybercriminals target vulnerabilities created by this new era of interconnected technology.

Vehicle-to-X communication and the many services that can be provided by connectivity will advance autonomy, but these advances will certainly create further opportunities for bad actors looking for unauthorized access to personal data stored in vehicles, over-the-air updates and possible control of autonomous vehicle fleets with ransom the end game or looking to take control in a domestic or personal situation.

We know from terrorist events that vehicles can be used to cause significant harm to people and property. Vehicles on the road are vulnerable to hacking, both in the car itself and via the back-end IT systems to which they connect. This is due to autonomous and semi-autonomous cars featuring millions of lines of code – penetration points for cybercriminals who will have greater access possibilities than ever with mushrooming internet connectivity.

Needless to say, cybersecurity training has never been more crucial for professionals in automotive design, engineering and protective services.

Engineers in particular need to ensure that systems are designed free of unreasonable risks to motor vehicle safety, including those that may result due to existence of potential cybersecurity vulnerabilities. The automotive industry must make vehicle cybersecurity an organizational priority. This includes learning about vehicle hacking techniques in order to ensure that systems will be safe under expected real-world conditions, including those that may arise due to potential vehicle cybersecurity vulnerabilities from hacking the CAN communications or OBD-II interface.

The automotive cybersecurity environment is dynamic and is expected to change continually and, at times, rapidly. Developing a basic understanding of car hacking can provide a good foundation for developing approaches to vehicle cybersecurity.

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