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ISO/SAE 21434, is an extremely important document that focuses on cybersecurity assurance in the automotive industry.

For the first time, the ISO/SAE 21434 standard sets up a defined expectation respectively defined minimum requirements. Furthermore the standard defines a unified terminology that is valid along the entire supply chain and is intended to create an industry-specific consensus regarding cybersecurity in the automotive industry.

The standard provides a standardized cybersecurity framework, establishes cybersecurity as an integral element of engineering throughout the lifecycle of a vehicle from the conceptual phase all the way through decommissioning, ensures that cybersecurity is considered in post-production processes (software updates, service and maintenance, incident response etc.). It also  calls for effective methods of lessons learned, training and communication-related to automotive cybersecurity. 

More specifically, the scope of the standard includes:

  • Specific requirements for cybersecurity risk management 
  • A cybersecurity process framework
  • Common language to help manufacturers and organizations communicate their cybersecurity risk

The big benefit of ISO/SAE 21434 is that it brings with it the potential for common terminology for the supply chain, industry consensus, a clear minimum criteria for vehicle cybersecurity engineering, cybersecurity driven into the vehicle design upfront, threat landscapes that are clearly defined, key references for regulators, and a new level of trust built between stakeholders. 

With the final draft expected to be published later this year, ISO/SAE 21434 is the product of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the Professional Association and Standards Developing Organization for Engineering Professionals (SAE International).

Don’t let cybersecurity take a back seat in the vehicle life cycle. Learn how to prepare for the ISO/SAE 21434 standard for road vehicles.

Want to learn more? Tonex offers ISO/SAE 21434 Training Workshop, a 3-day course covering requirements for cybersecurity risk management regarding engineering for concept, analysis. development, production, operation, maintenance, and decommissioning for road vehicle electrical and electronic (E/E) systems, including their subsystems, components and interfaces.

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