NXP Semiconductors, a global technology company that offers automotive semiconductors and automotive cybersecurity applications, has joined the Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC).

Auto-ISAC is a secured platform formed by the automakers for sharing, tracking and analysing intelligence about cyber threats as well as identifying potential vulnerabilities around the connected vehicle.

The automobile industry has identified that the autonomous driving ecosystem is vulnerable to risks and could be hacked as it works on wireless technologies and ADAS systems.

"The automobile industry has identified that the autonomous driving ecosystem is vulnerable to risks and could be hacked as it works on wireless technologies and ADAS systems."

Auto-ISAC acts as a central hub, which allows users to anonymously submit as well as receive information to effectively counter cyber threats in the real time.

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NXP Automotive CTO Lars Reger said: “Cybersecurity for the automotive industry can only be addressed if carmakers, security experts, and government bodies join forces.

“NXP, as a market leader in cybersecurity technology for eGovernment and banking applications, will bring its deep know-how into this organisation.

“Cars require four layers of protection; secure interfaces that connect the vehicle to the external world; secure gateways that provide domain isolation; secure networks that provide secure communication between control units (ECUs); and secure processing units that manage all the features of the connected car.

“NXP is the leader in these critical areas and looks forward to sharing its expertise and collaborating with our industry partners to shape a secure future for the automated car.”

As the new member of Auto-ISAC organisation, NXP will be working towards development of best cybersecurity practices for the automotive industry.