Integrating Automotive SPICE, Functional Safety, and Cybersecurity Concepts: A Cybersecurity Layer Model

Richard Messnarz, Christian Josef Kreiner, Andreas Riel

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Driven by the rapidly increasing share of embedded automotive systems implementing functions for powertrain control, comfort, and driver assistance, the automotive industry has driven the establishment and deployment of standards for ensuring the quality of both the related products and the development processes. While Automotive SPICE (ASPICE) has been transforming the development processes of automotive embedded systems since 2003, the ISO 26262 standard has been applied to cover the integration of functional safety into these systems since 2011. This has become necessary, since an increasing number of automotive embedded systems are safety critical; that is, their malfunctioning might lead to hazards in particular situations. The next particular challenge automotive original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and their suppliers are facing is cybersecurity, that is, the protection of vehicles and their highly networked electronics subsystems from IT security threats. This article gives a contribution to the OEMs’ and suppliers’ increasing efforts to achieve the integration of ASPICE, functional safety, and cybersecurity in their development processes. Building on their works aiming at the integration of ASPICE and functional safety published previously in SQP, the authors suggest methods to integrate cybersecurity considerations as well.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)13-23
Number of pages10
JournalSoftware Quality Professional
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2016


  • automotive embedded systems
  • Automotive SPICE
  • cybersecurity
  • functional safety

Fields of Expertise

  • Information, Communication & Computing
  • Mobility & Production


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