U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx urges automakers to share information about cybersecurity.
Speaking at the Billington Cybersecurity Summit in Detroit, Foxx stressed industry collaboration aimed at keeping cars safe from being hacked.
“There is no one company that can do on its own what all companies can accomplish together,” Foxx said. He added, “For better or worse, government has a reputation for moving slowly … but we hope that our guidance, when it is released, will break new ground.”
Already there is some collaboration going on. A working group within SAE tasked with defining the software testing requirements beyond the current J3061 -Cybersecurity Guidebook for Cyber-Physical Vehicle Systems — is comprised mostly of automotive OEMs.
Thomas Kirchmaier, vice president of military contractor General Dynamics, told the Detroit Free Press that the defense industry has been collaborating on cybersecurity best practices for about eight years. “Given the importance of our national security, we really do not have a choice (when it comes to collaboration), and I think the auto industry is at that point as well. Defeat the bad actors for the sake of your industry, your company and your country,” he said.