10/22/2014

U.S. Carmakers Plan Anti-Hacking Consortium

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Foreign and domestic brand carmakers in the U.S. are forming a security alliance to block hackers from breaching upcoming vehicle-to-vehicle communication services, Automotive News reports.

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Foreign and domestic brand carmakers in the U.S. are forming a security alliance to block hackers from breaching upcoming vehicle-to-vehicle communication services, Automotive News reports.

Consultant David Strickland, former administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, summarized the consortium's plans to reporters on the sidelines of this week's SAE Convergence technology conference in Detroit.

The initiative, to be called the Auto Information Sharing Advisory Center, is expected to launch in about one year. Its mission will be to help carmakers quickly swap information about attempted security breaches.

Auto ISAC will be patterned after similar consortiums for such industries as aviation, energy and finance.

The organizing effort is being coordinated by two Washington, D.C.-based industry groups: the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and Assn. of Global Automakers.