ISO/SAE DIS 21434 Automotive Cybersecurity Standard - In a Nutshell

Georg Macher*, Christoph Schmittner, Omar Veledar, Eugen Brenner

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A range of connected and automated vehicles is already available, which is intensifying the usage of connectivity features and information sharing for vehicle maintenance and traffic safety features. The resulting highly connected networking amplifies the attractiveness level for attacks on vehicles and connected infrastructure by hackers with different motivations. Hence, the newly introduced cybersecurity risks are attracting a range of mitigating strategies across the automotive field. The industry’s target is to design and deliver safe and secure connected and automated vehicles. Therefore, efforts are being poured into developing an industry standard capable of tackling automotive cybersecurity issues and protecting assets. The joint working group of the standardization organizations ISO and SAE have recently established and published a draft international specification of the “ISO/SAE DIS 21434 Road Vehicles - Cybersecurity Engineering” standard. This document delivers a review of the available draft. This work provides a position statement for discussion of available analysis methods and recommendations given in the standard. The aim is to provide a basis for industry experts and researchers for an initial review of the standard and consequently trigger discussions and suggestions of best practices and methods for application in the context of the standard.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationComputer Safety, Reliability, and Security. SAFECOMP 2020 Workshops - DECSoS 2020, DepDevOps 2020, USDAI 2020, and WAISE 2020, Proceedings
EditorsAntónio Casimiro, Frank Ortmeier, Erwin Schoitsch, Friedemann Bitsch, Pedro Ferreira
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages13
ISBN (Print)9783030555825
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020
Event39th International Conference on Computer Safety, Reliability and Security: SAFECOMP 2020 - Lisbon, Virtual, Portugal
Duration: 15 Sept 202018 Sept 2020

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volume12235 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference39th International Conference on Computer Safety, Reliability and Security
Abbreviated titleSAFECOMP 2020
CityLisbon, Virtual
Other15th Workshop on Dependable Smart Embedded and Cyber-Physical Systems and Systems-of-Systems, DECSoS 2020, 1st International Workshop on Dependable Development-Operation Continuum Methods for Dependable Cyber-Physical Systems, DepDevOps 2020, 1st International Workshop on Underpinnings for Safe Distributed AI, USDAI 2020, and 3rd International Workshop on Artificial Intelligence Safety Engineering, WAISE 2020, held in conjunction with the 39th International Conference on Computer Safety, Reliability and Security, SAFECOMP 2020


  • Automotive
  • ISO 21434
  • ISO 26262
  • Security analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science(all)


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