The upcoming standards and regulations around automotive cybersecurity (first of all ISO/SAE 21434 as well as UN Regulation No. 155) challenge the entire automotive value chain to holistically understand and fully provide cybersecurity along the complete product lifecycle. And this is already happening today, with relevant regulations already in effect.
- I. Learning as a key success factor for automotive cybersecurity
- II. Evidence requirement for automotive cybersecurity competence
- III. Learning cybersecurity: building knowledge quickly and effectively
- IV. Launch of the CYRES Academy Online Learn Platform
- V. Register for free + watch the first learning videos temporarily free of charge
In particular, of course, the OEMs are faced with the situation of having to ensure that cybersecurity is properly addressed along the entire value chain. The consequence? Along the entire supply chain, from Tier-1 and beyond, cybersecurity is becoming an important priority on almost all dimensions within a very short period of time. The organization, ongoing and new development projects, engineering processes – at all layers, it is essential to grasp the new requirements around cybersecurity as quickly as possible and implement them effectively.
Learning as a key success factor for automotive cybersecurity
The upcoming ISO/SAE 21434 Road Vehicles – Cybersecurity Engineering is the starting point for many stakeholders. With the release of our ISO/SAE 21434 Pocket Guide (earlier this year), we have received hundreds of inquiries from around the world. From service providers, from OEMs, from Tier N suppliers – and from all organizational areas, functions and roles within the company.
What has become clear is that ISO/SAE 21434 is going to be the new major point of reference for cybersecurity along the entire value chain.
Over a hundred different roles in the organization are dealing with taking the necessary steps along the path of compliance to ISO/SAE 21434.
Although the organizations, the structures as well as the actual products are quite diverse, the first step is always the same: Gain an understanding of the new standard. Understand what needs to be done in-house.
Evidence requirement for automotive cybersecurity competence
At the same time, automotive cybersecurity education is not on the nice-to-have list, but is becoming mandatory. For example, ISO/SAE 21434 and UN Regulation No. 155 explicitly require the provision of evidence of the continuous establishment of a cybersecurity culture on the one hand, and the provision of sufficient automotive cybersecurity competencies on the other.
With the Automotive Cybersecurity Professional Framework, ACP Framework for short, a competence management framework is being developed – in close cooperation with industry specialists – which is intended to provide practical guidance in this matter.
Learning cybersecurity: building knowledge quickly and effectively
Official certifications on the path to becoming an Automotive Cybersecurity Professional will be critical to providing the evidence needed to conduct competence development. (To this end, we are currently expanding the CYRES Academy training offering and establishing further official accreditations/certification measures for our professional courses).
On the other hand, the focus is now on practical and high-impact learning programs. The combination of the current remote-first situation with the required speed, which is currently appropriate in automotive cybersecurity knowledge building, on-demand training offers gain a new level of attractiveness.
Launch of the CYRES Academy Online Learn Platform
With the CYRES Academy Online Learning Platform, which is still in beta phase, we are establishing the world’s first online learning platform for reliable practical knowledge in the field of automotive cybersecurity.
At the start you will find in this platform:
- The online video learning courses as part of the Automotive Cybersecurity Professional training.
- The virtual live training offer of the different levels (ACP Level 1, ACP Level 2, et al.) (temporarily still to be found here)
- as well as additional information material around Automotive Cybersecurity for decision makers
Register for free + watch the first learning videos temporarily free of charge
In the background, we are already working at full speed to put further training offers, learning paths and currently planned about 500(!) learning videos online step by step. So it’s worth taking a look every now and then, and we’ll keep you up to date on the further development and filling of the platform on our social media channels.
However, we would be happy to receive your feedback right now, so feel free to send us an email. You are invited to register your free account right now: Go to CYRES Academy Online Learn Platform
Philipp Veronesi is founder and managing director of CYRES Consulting, one of the leading automotive cybersecurity consultancies. He has many years of practical experience not only in engineering but also in the management of technically challenging development projects for leading players in the automotive industry, including BMW, Audi, Rolls Royce, and others.