Microchip receives ISO/SAE 21434 for automotive cybersecurity

CHANDLER, Ariz., February 8, 2024 — Microchip a supplier of automotive solutions, has received certification for its cybersecurity technology in the ISO/SAE 21434 standard, which covers the cybersecurity of road vehicles. The certification, which was achieved through UL Solution‘s testing and analysis, means that Microchip’s products meet the standard’s requirements for safety, security, and reliability in the automotive industry. The ISO/SAE 21434 standard covers every stage, from the initial design and development to production, deployment, maintenance, and even decommissioning.

The ISO/SAE 21434 standard was developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the Society of Automobile Engineers (SAE) International. Its purpose is to assist organizations in defining cybersecurity policies and managing risk. It is a demanding specification with 45 security categories. Moreover, these categories, known as work products, each specify a unique set of requirements. They encompass all aspects of designing electrical and electronic systems for road vehicles, from ICs and software to firmware and libraries.

The ISO/SAE 21434 designation also confirms that a certified corporate cybersecurity management system is in place. This verifies that cybersecurity is a priority focus at the organization. Moreover, it extends from executive leadership to all organizational disciplines, including the design, test, product, applications, marketing, quality, verification, and validation teams. Additionally, stakeholders involved in the product lifecycle must complete cybersecurity training and fulfill designated qualifications. The product lifecycle incorporates a Threat Analysis and Risk Assessment (TARA) methodology at multiple stages. Integrate the devices into automotive cybersecurity-related platforms.

“Security is a core pillar at Microchip. The ISO/SAE 21434 certification is proof of our dedication to maintaining high standards in automotive cybersecurity,” said Matthias Kaestner, corporate vice president of Microchip’s automotive business. “Our customers can be confident that Microchip is a trusted security advisor. Furthermore, Microchip has the appropriate expertise to guide them through their automotive cybersecurity design journey.”

While each OEM is responsible for proving compliance at the vehicle level. ISO/SAE 21434 encourages all companies in the production ecosystem to take an active role in proactively managing cybersecurity threats. Customers who utilize electronic control units incorporating Microchip’s security products can find relief from the arduous task. They no longer need to review thousands of pages of process documentation to determine compliance. Moreover, the team designs these products within the ISO/SAE 21434 certified process framework. This also reduces the burden placed on Tier-1s and OEMs to prove they have a strong foundation in security.

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