Combined automotive safety and security pattern engineering approach

Helmut Martin*, Georg Macher, Zhendong Ma, Christoph Schmittner, Martin Krammer, Bernhard Winkler, Daniel Schneider, Tiago Amorim, Christian Josef Kreiner

*Corresponding author for this work

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Automotive systems will exhibit increased levels of automation as well as ever tighter integration with other vehicles, traffic infrastructure, and cloud services. From safety perspective, this can be perceived as boon or bane - it greatly increases complexity and uncertainty, but at the same time opens up new opportunities for realizing innovative safety functions. Moreover, cybersecurity becomes important as additional concern because attacks are now much more likely and severe. However, there is a lack of experience with security concerns in context of safety engineering in general and in automotive safety departments in particular. To address this problem, we propose a systematic pattern-based approach that interlinks safety and security patterns and provides guidance with respect to selection and combination of both types of patterns in context of system engineering. A combined safety and security pattern engineering workflow is proposed to provide systematic guidance to support non-expert engineers based on best practices. The application of the approach is shown and demonstrated by an automotive case study and different use case scenarios.
Original languageEnglish
Article number106773
JournalReliability Engineering & System Safety
Early online date11 Jan 2020
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2020


  • Automotive
  • Engineering workflow
  • ISO 26262
  • SAE J3061
  • Safety pattern
  • Security pattern

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

Cite this