Ricardo and Roke have jointly launched a new Digital Resilience Lab to 'help automotive manufacturers design and produce the next generation of secure vehicles and realise the vision of future transport systems'. With increasing vehicle connectivity and automation, the need to provide assurance of through-life digital resilience from the very earliest stages of the development process, has never been more urgent.

The Digital Resilience Lab, located at the Ricardo Shoreham Technical Centre, contains a combination of specialist and off-the-shelf technologies to enable the assessment of digital resilience against a wide range of wired and remote attacks. Staffed jointly by Ricardo and Roke engineers, the team will be able to conduct test and fix exercises on behalf of automotive customers. The Lab will also provide validation of new systems, applying the principles of 'designed-in' digital resilience.

The Lab will allow the potential for attack to be assessed through a wide range of wireless media, including Wi-Fi, GSM, Bluetooth and DAB, as well as wired attacks exploiting interfaces including OBD II ports and USB.

"Our unique capability brings together Ricardo and Roke skillsets, enabling us to support clients across the automotive sector as they seek to ensure the digital resilience of their existing and future products," commented Ricardo CEO, Dave Shemmans. "The creation of our new Digital Resilience Lab provides a state-of-the-art capability to conduct rigorous and thorough assessments of vehicles in a controlled and safe manner. Our unparallelled combination of expertise in secure and resilient systems and automotive engineering, means that together, we are the ideal partners to support clients and manufacturers in the automotive industry to become digitally resilient."

To further help manufacturers navigate the complex threat landscape, Ricardo and Roke will also publish a white paper at the UK Low Carbon Vehicle show LCV2018 on 12 September. The paper, entitled Digital resilience - A new approach to cyber security for vehicles without boundaries, suggests that a fundamental change in approach is required throughout the automotive and transportation industry to maintain consumer trust. Future connected vehicles will have no readily identifiable digital boundary so the industry's approach must evolve from one of cyber security, to one of digital resilience. This new approach is about hardening and securing these connected systems against attack, not only making it as hard as possible for hackers to get through, but also to contain the impact when a breach occurs.

The white paper concludes that, to provide the levels of digital resilience that customers will rightfully demand in the future, experts will be required to collaborate across traditional commercial and industrial sector boundaries. Only through cross-industry collaboration can we ensure the digital resilience of connected vehicles today, and secure the future market for fully automated, self-driving vehicles.

"Consumer trust in connected technology is essential, and this trust is strengthened through testing, defined metrics and assurance. We therefore need a wider concept of digital resilience across the transportation system," said Roke MD, David Cole. "To achieve effective digital resilience, we need to combine expertise from automotive system design, information technology and operational technology. Roke and Ricardo are leading this approach to ensure the digital resilience of connected vehicles today, and secure the future market for fully automated, self-driving vehicles."

The Roke-Ricardo white paper Digital resilience – A new approach to cyber security for vehicles without boundaries will be available for download free of charge shortly following its publication on 12 September at: www.digitalresilience.info

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