The New Secret to Security in the Automotive Industry: What is TISAX®?
As vehicles become more connected and autonomous, the importance of safeguarding sensitive data and ensuring the integrity of automotive systems has never been more crucial. In today's rapidly evolving digital landscape, the automotive industry faces an increasing number of cybersecurity challenges. Over the next five minutes of reading, we’ll explore how the Trusted Information Security Assessment Exchange (TISAX®) certification plays a pivotal role in staying ahead of emerging security challenges and “futureproofing” automotive security.
The Future of Automotive Security: How Did We Get Here?
Want to feel old? Neither do I, but humor me and think about your first car. Did it have crank windows? Bench seats? What type of audio did it have? Was it manual transmission? It seems crazy to think that it was only in 2007 when automatic transmissions outsold manual worldwide. Yet in my most recent car search, it was hard to find a manual transmission that I wanted.
Oh, how the times have changed. Today, in the US, you can’t buy a new car that doesn’t have backup cameras and it’s all but guaranteed that you’ll be able to play any music you wish through your smartphone with a Bluetooth connection. Heck, in many cars, you barely drive the car yourself without self-driving features. And this is precisely what will drive (pun intended) our conversation around security in the automotive industry today.
Understanding the Need for Futureproofing Automotive Security
The automotive industry is undergoing a seismic shift as vehicles become more autonomous and digitally integrated. While these advancements offer exciting opportunities, they also introduce a host of security risks. The evolving threat landscape in the automotive industry encompasses a range of challenges, including cyber-attacks targeting connected vehicles, vulnerabilities in autonomous driving systems, and data breaches in digital services. As modern vehicles increasingly rely on complex software and networks, it is vital for automotive companies to stay ahead of these emerging security challenges. By taking a proactive and agile approach to address these risks, organizations can mitigate vulnerabilities, safeguard sensitive data, and maintain consumer trust. Future-proofing automotive security requires a commitment to continuous monitoring, threat intelligence, and robust security practices that adapt to the rapidly changing landscape of automotive technology.
The Role of TISAX® in Addressing Emerging Automotive Cybersecurity Risks
In the dynamic landscape of automotive security, staying ahead of emerging threats requires a comprehensive and industry-specific approach. This is where TISAX® plays a crucial role.
TISAX® serves as a robust security framework specifically designed for the automotive industry, providing organizations with a structured and standardized approach to assessing and enhancing their security posture. With TISAX® as a guiding framework, organizations can establish a strong security foundation, implement effective controls, and align with industry best practices. By evaluating various aspects such as information security management systems, data protection measures, and supplier relationships, TISAX® assessments help organizations maintain the trust of their customers and partners.
- Can TISAX® help improve our security posture? Yes, a TISAX® assessment identifies security risks, provides recommendations for reducing them, and validates current processes, thereby improving your overall security posture. Since 2018, more than 25,000 improvements have been implemented across the supply chain because of the TISAX® assessment program.
- Is TISAX® certification expensive? TISAX® offers very cost-effective security and compliance. In fact, a TISAX® assessment can support you in maximizing the returns on your investments in security and compliance while minimizing the impact of a potential breach. TISAX® isn’t only for large organizations either; 54% of the assessed locations with a TISAX® label are for organizations with less than 100 employees.
- Will TISAX® give us a competitive advantage in the market? Yes, earning a TISAX® Label provides you with a key differentiator in the market and increases the likelihood of contract renewals, giving you a competitive advantage over other organizations.
- How can earning a TISAX® Label lead to financial gains and business opportunities? The ENX Network provides organizations with the chance to create new business connections through an open and secure industry-focused forum. Earning a TISAX® Label improves your reputation within the network, allowing for increased opportunities for new business ventures.
TISAX®: A Catalyst for Innovation and Collaboration
TISAX® goes beyond simply addressing security challenges in the automotive industry; it acts as a catalyst for innovation and collaboration. By promoting a culture of information sharing and collaboration, TISAX® encourages organizations within the automotive ecosystem to work together in tackling emerging security challenges. Through partnerships and collective efforts, industry players can leverage their combined knowledge and expertise to strengthen the overall security posture of the automotive sector. Furthermore, TISAX® serves as a framework that fosters innovation. By setting clear guidelines and standards for secure product development and the integration of advanced security measures, TISAX® inspires organizations to push the boundaries of technology while prioritizing security. This enables the industry to embrace innovative solutions with the confidence that robust security measures are in place. TISAX® acts as a driving force for both collaboration and innovation, paving the way for a secure and technologically advanced future in the automotive industry.
Leave crank windows in the past and embrace TISAX® for a secure future
While we may not see many crank windows or bench seats anymore, and I may be among the minority that is seeking a manual transmission, our cars are evolving with the times, and we have a responsibility to evolve our security landscape with technology.
To ensure the long-term success and sustainability of automotive security, organizations must adopt a forward-thinking approach. TISAX® certification serves as a powerful tool to stay ahead of emerging security challenges, enabling companies to embrace innovation while maintaining robust security practices. By proactively addressing risks and leveraging the TISAX® framework, automotive organizations can future-proof their security and instill confidence in customers, partners, and stakeholders alike.
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About Kate Weber
Kate Weber is a Senior Manager over New Services with Schellman based in Chicago, IL. Prior to joining Schellman in 2023, Kate worked in consulting for 5+ years in the IT security and data analytics spaces. While focused on IT security, Kate specialized in Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) 404 internal audits, ISO 27001 internal audits, HITRUST readiness, and SOC reporting. Kate is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), ISO 27001 Lead Implementer, and ISO 9001 Lead Implementer. She also previously held the HITRUST Certified CSF Practitioner (CCSFP) and Certified HITRUST Quality Professional (CHQP) certifications.