16–17 May 2018

Munich, Germany


The auto industry is betting its future on the connected car.

We are preparing for a world in which drivers can stay on-line even when they’re on the road; bringing their digital lives into the car and integrating their personal devices seamlessly. Connected cars have the potential to prevent accidents, find the most efficient route, locate parking and (ultimately) drive themselves so that we can be more productive or just relax.

But there’s a shadow on the horizon. In making cars ever more networked and complex, we are also making them more susceptible to hacking than ever before. Cyber security is the ticking time bomb threatening the promising, connected future of the automobile.

More than 100m cars will have some form of connectivity by 2025. At the same time, automakers are moving rapidly towards full electronic control of core systems like steer-by-wire and brake-by-wire that are essential to safer and more automated driving. In interfacing to smartphones, and in coupling navigation and information systems with driver assistance systems via radio-based communication, the vehicle is being opened to external software like never before. This is attracting hackers, fraudsters, terrorists and other cyber criminals who threaten to inflict untold damage and costs on vehicle owners and manufacturers alike.

The potential threats range from financial extortion, to theft of an OEM’s proprietary technology secrets, through to terrorism. Criminal gangs could lock owners out of their own cars extorting payment via mobile phone to open the doors or enable the ignition. Hackers could infect vehicle infotainment systems with malware to steal credit card information, or even just interfere with vehicle systems for fun. Terrorists could literally make vehicles crash, causing death, injury and widespread panic. The threats are many. But whether the attacks come from terrorists, criminal gangs, hackers or disgruntled ex-employees - the reputational damage to OEMs and their suppliers from successful cyber attacks are potentially catastrophic.

The Cyber Secure Car conference brings together software and hardware engineers from the leading global automakers, system suppliers, semiconductor manufacturers and specialist IT security companies; as well as experts from universities and public authorities. The 2017 meeting in Tokyo attracted participants from 26 countries who engaged with a packed 2-day agenda featuring many of the world’s top electronics and software engineers, communications specialists, cryptographers and cybersecurity insiders.

Cyber Secure Car Europe 18 is your chance to learn from some of the world’s leading experts on hacker motivation & methodology; semiconductor integrity; on-board network security; cyber-physical systems; connected infotainment; cryptography; secure key management; V2X communications; embedded software development; data protection; privacy legislation and much more.

Join us in Munich this coming May and get the knowledge, insights and contacts you need to stay ahead in this fast-moving area and ensure that your customers, your technology and your reputation stay protected.