Why Is Cybersecurity Vital to the Automotive Industry?

As the automotive industry continues to harness the power of connectivity, new regulations highlight how imperative automotive cybersecurity is on the road ahead. Research projects that the automotive software and electronics market will see strong growth in the next decade, reaching US$462 billion by 2030.* But this progress can also give rise to new risks. OEMs and suppliers bear most of the responsibility of protecting vehicles from these risks, positioned to ensure automotive cybersecurity from the early designs to the eventual decommissioning of vehicles, as mandated by regulations.

*Source: “Outlook on the automotive software and electronics market through 2030,” McKinsey, January 2023


Vehicles are transforming into viable targets for advanced threats.


Software and other advanced components introduce security flaws.

Critical Data Privacy Concerns

An ever-expanding connected car data ecosystem calls for enhanced data protection.

The Automotive Threat Landscape

The automotive threat landscape has transformed significantly in recent years. A major shift is how modern vehicles have become susceptible to the same risks that previously plagued only IT systems. Components that make a vehicle autonomous, like vehicle-to-everything (V2X) technologies, telematics, in-vehicle-infotainment (IVI), and sensors, introduce new risks and vulnerabilities. Beyond the vehicle is an even more expansive attack surface that goes back to the supply chain, a consistent focus for threat actors. Ransomware and data breaches are among the top challenges faced by the automotive industry. But as connected vehicles continue to drive into a new frontier, the industry is likely to face cyberthreats both familiar and unconventional with significant consequences.

The Automotive Attack Surface

The Automotive Attack Surface

Examples of potential cyberattacks against vehicles:

Man-in-the-middle attacks

Attacks on OBD

Attacks on EV chargers

Attacks on IVI

Compromised mobile apps

Delivery of malicious OTA updates

Exploits of software vulnerabilities

VicOne’s Automotive Cybersecurity Solutions

VicOne’s automotive cybersecurity framework allows for comprehensive risk detection, analysis, and response amid an ever-evolving threat landscape. Aligned with relevant regulations and certifications, VicOne’s solutions support OEMs and suppliers in their compliance journey, and VicOne’s strategic collaborations with automotive stakeholders ensure the best-fitting solutions for different architectures.

Cybersecurity Solutions for Automotive Manufacturers (OEMs)

VicOne provides centralized visibility over complex vehicle ecosystems and enables OEMs to choose high-priority security measures that can be modified as the threat landscape evolves.

  • Support a vehicle’s entire life cycle, from its development to its operation and maintenance phases.
  • Aid OEMs in their compliance journey, by aligning with standards and regulations like ISO/SAE 21434 and UN R155.
  • Enable OEMs to secure their supply chains while ensuring compliance.
  • Provide security technologies such as vulnerability, malware, and backdoor scanning.

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Cybersecurity Solutions for Tier 1 Suppliers

VicOne ensures compliance with OEM cybersecurity requirements by helping suppliers identify risks in their software components and supply chain processes.

  • Help with suppliers’ compliance with regulatory and OEM cybersecurity requirements.
  • Mitigate risks through virtual patching so that suppliers can focus on implementing fixes.
  • Provide the required services to expedite product deployment and improve domain knowledge.

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Smart Cockpit Protection Solutions

VicOne protects the data privacy of OEMs’ customers all the way from IVI systems to car companion apps and ensures worry-free use of software-enabled services.

  • Extend attack surface visibility and security from the system level to the application level.
  • Enable OEMs to offer solutions that can protect customer personal data and privacy from risky apps, app exploits, and unsecure browsers.
  • Continuously monitor customers’ IVI app performance, including power consumption and storage usage, to detect any abnormality.

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EV Charging System Protection Solutions

VicOne offers electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) manufacturers and charge point operators multilayered cybersecurity protection solutions to safeguard their EVSE or charging systems from potential attacks.

  • Continuously identify vulnerabilities and malicious objects in the binaries and firmware of EV chargers.
  • Ensure charging stations are protected from potential attacks such as denial of service (DoS) with an intrusion detection or prevention system (IDS/IPS) technology.

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Why Choose VicOne for Automotive Cybersecurity Solutions?

VicOne, a subsidiary of Trend Micro, offers automotive cybersecurity solutions that are a culmination of decades of threat intelligence and research. Designed to adapt to an evolving threat landscape, VicOne leverages the latest technologies, such as machine learning, behavior monitoring, and detection and response. OEMs and suppliers can leverage VicOne’s portfolio as it provides comprehensive security measures throughout the whole supply chain and the entire vehicle life cycle. As an industry and technology partner, VicOne assists in compliance and cybersecurity strategy implementation, helping automotive stakeholders identify and address security risks while minimizing disruptions to the connected car ecosystem.

Research Papers and Reports

Steering Clear: VicOne 2022 Automotive Cybersecurity Report

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Identifying Cybersecurity Focus Areas in Connected Cars Based on WP.29 UN R155 Attack Vectors and Beyond

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ISO/SAE 21434 - Setting the Standard for Connected Cars' Cybersecurity

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Cybersecurity for Connected Cars: Exploring Risks in 5G, Cloud, and Other Connected Technologies

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Driving Security Into Connected Cars: Threat Model and Recommendations

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Cyberattacks Against Intelligent Transportation Systems: Assessing Future Threats to ITS

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Use Cases

Mapping Automotive Threats to Perform Threat Investigations

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Protecting a Telematics Control Unit From Remote Attacks

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Detecting Electronic Power Steering ECU Firmware Modification

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