Published: November 08 | Crete, Greece
The European cybersecurity agency ENISA is putting together a team of experts to start working on connected cars next year.
Following the high-profile experimental hacking of a Jeep this summer in the US, ENISA is beefing up its research staff to focus on security and the Internet of Things, including technologies that connect cars, homes and energy supplies to the internet.
ENISA plans to start meetings early next year with car manufacturers, suppliers of software for cars and national agencies responsible for cybersecurity. ENISA director Udo Helmbrecht says the agency will first draft security recommendations aimed at manufacturers and may put together suggestions for legislation on connected cars in 2017.
The EU agency’s new research on security and connected cars comes at a time when European manufacturers are stepping up their use of software for various functions in cars. At the Frankfurt Auto Show last month, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association teamed up with telecommunications companies and pledged to work together on cars and internet connectivity, and deliver results to the European Commission next year.
ENISA’s staff increase to focus on the Internet of Things means the agency will slash its budget in other areas, cutting expenses paid to external experts in order to make room for nine or ten new staff researchers.
Helmbrecht said BMW has already agreed to work with ENISA on connected cars. The agency wants to add a handful of other auto manufacturers to the group before meetings start next year.
ENISA’s work with national agencies and car manufacturers will be selective and include representatives only from EU member states where there are car companies and dedicated cybersecurity agencies, according to Helmbrecht.