NHTSA Seeks Comment in Cybersecurity Practices

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Jan. 12, 2021—The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has submitted an updated draft of its Cybersecurity Best Practices for the Safety of Modern Vehicles for publication and is now seeking public feedback, according to a press release. 

The document outlines the NHTSA's guidance for the automotive industry in improving vehicle cybersecurity for safety, covering safety-related cybersecurity issues for all motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment. 

The administration's existing best practices were first published in 2016 and its 2020 updates were drawn from industry progress, public comments received on the prior version, and agency research as well as motor vehicle cybersecurity issues discovered by researchers over the past four years.

“Vehicle cybersecurity has high stakes,” said NHTSA Deputy Administrator James Owens. “The safety and security of everyone on our roads depend on it. We have learned a great deal in the past four years, and I encourage feedback on the 2020 edition.”

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