Securing the future of mobility

Automotive Cyber Security

A holistic approach to the protection of networked automotive systems

Modern vehicles are becoming increasingly complex. As well as the electrified powertrain, advanced electronics and networked technologies are becoming commonplace in vehicles. Therefore, it is paramount that in this technological sector, as in all others, security is a priority.

Almost every aspect of the vehicle now features an electronic element. As this becomes more widespread, users must feel reassured that they are safe from malicious activity. Just as the information technology industry goes to great lengths to protect itself, so too must today’s auto industry.

Intelligent Technology, Intelligent Security

Autonomous vehicles, for example, are essentially computers in motion, and so the dangers that such attacks pose mean security is more important than ever. The industry needs a reliable partner who can help OEMs and suppliers protect the data integrity of the vehicle, detect ongoing attacks, and react safely.

This needs to be considered at all stages of the development process, and throughout the lifetime of the vehicle. At AVL, we are working to bring safety and security to both the present and the future of the automotive industry.

A Best Practice Solution

With more than seven decades of automotive development experience, AVL understands the benefit of a best practice strategy to address these challenges. This has enabled us to develop a holistic approach that includes Threat and Risk Analysis (TARA), and functional and technical security concepts.

Furthermore, we have developed a security testing methodology (including penetration testing, fuzz testing etc.) for analysis and validation. Additional benefits of the AVL approach include:

  • ​​​​​​​Implementation of prevention, detection and reaction mechanisms in HW and SW
  • ​​​​​​​The use of security-related test concepts for evidence collection
  • ​​​​​​​Development of effective security methods through the entire product lifecycle


​​​​​​​A Secure Vision of the Future

​​​​​​​Connected vehicle security and autonomous car safety will be major factors as this technology matures across the industry. AVL automotive safety expertise offers a solution to this challenge.

​​​​​​​With on and off-board security solutions covering the complete vehicle ecosystem – from concept to full lifecycle – our holistic approach delivers solutions to your specific needs. From the cloud to the road, we’re your partner for secure connected vehicle development.