Feds to Guide Automakers in Keeping Connected Vehicles Secure

Federal transportation officials say they will soon release guidelines for how Detroit’s Big Three automakers can defend their vehicles against cyberattacks.

Today’s vehicles are often connected to the internet, GPS systems and even other vehicles.

Security experts say that also makes those vehicles tempting targets for internet hackers.

So at a recent meeting of automotive and security officials in Detroit U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the federal government will soon release a set of guidelines for how car companies should prevent or deal with cyberattacks.

The key, Foxx said, will be for automakers to collaborate in developing joint security measures.

That might be difficult for companies that are also rivals in the marketplace.

But executives in the defense industry say rival military contractors have collaborated for almost a decade on developing the best practices to enhance cybersecurity.

About the Author

Quinn Klinefelter

Senior News Editor

I grab news in the morning, check the papers and the wires, call sources and take a big gulp of coffee. That’s how I start the day.

qklinefelter@wdet.org  

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