Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Europe’s leading automotive engineering consultancy, HORIBA MIRA, and BT today unveiled an established collaboration intended to assist vehicle manufacturers to manage new cybersecurity rules that come into force in July 2022. This new regulation requires vehicle manufacturers to provide a lifetime of cybersecurity stewardship to all customers in order for vehicles to achieve Type Approval and thereby be sanctioned for sale.
The HORIBA MIRA and BT collaboration provides a solution to this major organisational, technical and cultural challenge presented to manufacturers by the new UNECE Regulation 155.
Regulation 155 makes it mandatory for manufacturers to monitor, detect and respond to cybersecurity attacks, threats and vulnerabilities not just at point of sale, but throughout the life of all new vehicles sold. Compliance with Regulation 155 will be a prerequisite to securing vehicle Type Approval and allowing a vehicle model to be sold.
HORIBA MIRA and BT’s solutions to the new regulation is founded on the development and operation of Vehicle Security Operations Centres or VSOCs.
Similar to a conventional IT Security Operations Centre, a VSOC is a mobility-grade combination of tools, processes and personnel to monitor, detect and respond to cybersecurity events and attacks throughout the entire lifecycle of a vehicle that takes into account the distinct nature, diversity and scale of cyber liabilities that vehicles present. A suitably configured VSOC will provide unified security with converged monitoring, detection and response covering the vehicle, IT and operational technology (OT) domains and will account for the rapid increases in vehicle functionality and connectivity.
HORIBA MIRA and BT have been collaborating for three years to define and prove their VSOC capability for vehicle manufacturers, the tiered supply chain and fleet operators. Their response for the industry includes consultancy and advisory services through to operational solutions that will detect and mitigate security threats.
The collaboration’s VSOC capability blends BT’s established track record in the development and management of global Security Operations Centres and HORIBA MIRA’s internationally-renown expertise in automotive cybersecurity alongside its active contribution to the framing of the new Regulation.