NCMS report highlights cybersecurity innovations for ‘software-defined vehicles’

ANN ARBOR–The National Center for Manufacturing Sciences announced the publication of a new “technology brief” focused on cybersecurity for software-defined vehicles.

Today’s most advanced vehicles have systems managed by up to 150 million lines of software code, distributed among as many as 100 electronic control units, along with sensors, cameras, radar, and light detection and ranging (LIDAR) devices. While software-defined vehicles provide an impressive array of driver assistance features and connectivity systems, they are vulnerable to cybersecurity threats that can affect driver and passenger safety.

To accelerate cybersecurity for software-defined vehicles, NCMS has for several years been teaming up with researchers, industry innovators, and the Department of Defense. A recent project carried out under NCMS’s Commercial Technologies for Maintenance Activities program:

Developed a modular open systems approach/service-oriented architecture-based cybersecurity system designed to preserve the safety of vehicles, drivers, and passengers. This design includes high-level software and hardware architecture.

Conducted a threat and risk analysis that applied governing compliance standards and protocols including the Cyber Survivability Endorsement Implementation Guide and the National Institute of Standards and Technology SP 800-53 risk management framework.

Outlined key findings to improve cybersecurity in the automotive industry.

To learn more about NCMS’s involvement in cybersecurity for software-defined vehicles, see the full Technology Brief:

NCMS is a technology development consortium dedicated to improving the competitiveness and strength of the American industrial base for more than 30 years. NCMS has created a network of industry, government, and university partners to develop, demonstrate, and transition innovative technologies efficiently, with less risk and lower cost. More at

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