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Cybersecurity challenges and how to overcome them

31. October 2023

The development of modern vehicles goes hand in hand with three key trends: digitization, connectivity, and autonomous vehicles. In addition to general security aspects relating to technology and the like, cyber security aspects are playing an increasingly important role in this context. NDS.Live can support navigation developers comply with data security regulations. Furthermore, map data can be used to improve ADAS and AD safety. Examples being Operational Design Domain (ODD) limitation, support for insufficient sensor performance, location-based information that cannot be derived from sensors and localization in general.

Relevant regulations for automotive cyber security

Automotive cybersecurity and data security in navigation development are critical concerns in today’s connected and autonomous vehicle landscape. Several standards and regulations guide and regulate these aspects:

The information superhighway in cyberspace resembles roads in real life. In modern vehicles, both cybersecurity and the safety of road users must be considered. In the navigation environment there are numerous specifications and regulations to be observed, such as ISO/SAE 21434.
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Cyber and Data Security for Map Developers

It’s important for map developers and navigation experts to stay up-to-date with evolving cybersecurity threats and regulations and to continuously improve their security measures to protect user data and maintain trust in their services. Collaborating with cybersecurity experts and engaging in industry-specific associations can help ensure best practices are followed.

Map developers and navigation experts should consider the following data security aspects:

  1. Data Encryption: Ensure that map data and user information are encrypted both during transmission and storage to prevent unauthorized access.
  2. Access Control: Implement strict access controls and user authentication mechanisms to limit who can access and modify map data and related systems.
  3. Data Minimization: Collect and store only the data necessary for navigation and map services, minimizing the risk associated with excessive data storage.
  4. Data Anonymization: Anonymize or pseudonymize data to protect user privacy when possible.
  5. Secure APIs: If offering APIs, secure them with proper authentication and authorization mechanisms to prevent misuse.
  6. Regular Security Audits: Perform regular security audits and penetration testing to identify and rectify vulnerabilities.
  7. Compliance with Privacy Regulations: Ensure compliance with relevant privacy regulations, such as GDPR, by obtaining user consent when necessary and respecting user data rights.
  8. Security Training: Train staff on cybersecurity best practices to prevent security breaches and data leaks.
  9. Incident Response Plan: Develop a robust incident response plan to address security breaches promptly and minimize their impact.
  10. Supplier Security: Assess the security practices of third-party suppliers and partners who handle map data or contribute to navigation solutions.

How NDS helps with security regulations

As a data standard for map data and navigation NDS can play a significant role in helping navigation developers comply with data security regulations.

The following aspects are in focus:

By adopting and adhering to NDS, navigation developers can create a solid foundation for data security and regulatory compliance in their navigation solutions. This can help maintain user trust, protect sensitive information, and mitigate the risk of data breaches and legal consequences. Additionally, it can streamline development processes and interoperability across different navigation systems and platforms.

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