Dubai initiates cyber security standard for autonomous vehicles

dubai autonomusDESC’s Cyber Security Strategy underlines this initiative as a key driver to a journey of success in achieving its strategy of a secure cyberspace that fulfils its objective. (Image source: Joseph Thornton/Flickr) Dubai Electronic Security Centre (DESC) is yet to launch the first of its kind “Cyber Security Standard” on autonomous vehicles in the region

As this marks a great achievement to the journey of excellence of the Dubai Cyber Security Strategy that was launched under the directions of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai, committed to establishing standards and policies that support existing strategies and initiatives safeguard Dubai’s cyberspace to be the safest city electronically.

Yousuf Al Shaibanai, director general of Dubai Electronic Security Centre, said, “The development of the autonomous vehicle's standard draws upon the Dubai Autonomous Transportation Strategy which aims to transform 25 per cent of the total transportation in Dubai to autonomous mode by 2030.”

He also added, “DESC has worked diligently along with its government partners to establish the best practices and standards to be adopted to enable and secure these emerging technologies against any challenges, hence with the attainment Autonomous Vehicles infused with high level of security means that we can smoothly move to an era where human drivers are not needed and where self-driving can fully be trusted to be driven hundreds of miles of trips without disruption.”

Dr Bushra Al Blooshi, research and innovation manager at DESC, stated, “The initial phase structure of the standard was developed by conducting a full survey scope of the cyber threats and risks facing AVs, and an analysis of the failures/attacks that previously affected Autonomous Vehicles. The cybersecurity standard for autonomous vehicles extensively covers aspects such as the vehicle’s communication security, software security, hardware security and supply chain security.”

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