January 26, 2017 12:10 PM, EST

Automotive Cybersecurity Group Reaches Out to Commercial Vehicle Sector

The Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center, which is focused on cybersecurity protections, announced it would develop criteria to include the commercial vehicle segment in its membership.

The center wants to include heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers, their Tier 1 suppliers, telematics providers and freight carriers, Washington, D.C.-based Auto-ISAC said.

Auto-ISAC already collaborates with certain commercial vehicle stakeholders, the center said, including the National Motor Freight Traffic Association.

“Commercial vehicles play a critical role in our nation's delivery of services and goods,” Paul Levine, NMFTA’s executive director, said in a statement. “Proactively working together across the industry is key to making progress in protecting connected vehicles, large and small, against cybersecurity threats.”


NMFTA is based in Alexandria, Virginia.

This marks a key milestone for the automotive industry, where each of these member groups use the same connectivity technologies to build their resiliency, the organization said.

“We look forward to welcoming our commercial vehicle counterparts to become members of Auto-ISAC,” said Larry Hilkene, chair of Auto-ISAC's affiliate advisory board and product cybersecurity leader for Cummins Inc. “The growing number of synergies between the OEMs, the supply chain and the commercial carriers will provide greater efficiencies in advancing cybersecurity protections.”

The organization was formed in August 2015 by automakers to establish a secure platform for sharing, tracking and analyzing intelligence about cyber threats and potential vulnerabilities around the connected vehicle. It extended membership to light-duty vehicle suppliers in early 2016, Auto-ISAC said.

Auto-ISAC operates as a central hub that allows members to anonymously submit and receive information to help them more effectively counter cyber threats in real time, it said. Its members account for more than 99% of light-duty vehicles on the road in North America. It also has global representation from companies in Europe and Asia.

Auto-ISAC said it published the Automotive Cybersecurity Best Practices Executive Summary of informational guides that cover organizational and technical aspects of vehicle cybersecurity, including governance, risk management, security by design, threat detection, incident response, training and collaboration with appropriate third parties.