Dubai develops cybersecurity standards for autonomous vehicles

Published: 4 July 2018 - 9:08 a.m.
By: Mark Sutton

Dubai Electronic Security Center is planning to release its own set of security standards for autonomous vehicles.

The standards have been developed to secure self-driving vehicles, to ensure they are fit to use on Dubai's road. The guides have been developed based on a full analysis of the cyber threats facing autonomous vehicles (AV) and previous failings. The standards will include aspects of AV oeprations including communication security, software security, hardware security and supply chain security.

DESC added that the standards have been created as part of the Dubai Cyber Security Strategy to establish standards and policies to safeguard Dubai's cyberspace.

The standards will also act as guidelines for all Dubai government entities that wish to deploy their own AVs.

HE Yousuf Al Shaibanai, Director General of Dubai Electronic Security Center said: "Dubai is considered one of the forefront modern examples of evolving and developing cities in the world and it is with great appreciation and aspirations of the wise leadership that has advanced us to utilize disrupting technology such as self-driven cars. The development of the autonomous vehicle's standard draws upon the Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy which aims to transform 25% per cent of the total transportation in Dubai to autonomous mode by 2030.

"DESC has worked diligently along with its government partners to establish the best practices and standards to be adopted to enable and secure these emerging technologies against any challenges, hence with the attainment Autonomous Vehicles infused with high level of security means that we can smoothly move to an era where human drivers are not needed and where self-driving can fully be trusted to be driven hundreds of miles of trips without disruption."

Dr Bushra Al Blooshi, DESC Research and Innovation Manager stated: "The initial phase structure of the standard was developed by conducting a full survey scope of the cyber threats and risks facing AVs, and an analysis of the failures/attacks that previously affected Autonomous Vehicles. The Cyber Security Standard for Autonomous Vehicles extensively covers aspects such as the vehicle's communication security, software security, hardware security and supply chain security."

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