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AUVSI and Fortress Information Security Team to Develop Cybersecurity Risk-Based Framework for Unmanned Vehicles

The Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and Fortress Information Security (Fortress) have launched an industry-wide collaboration focused on developing an enterprise cybersecurity model and suite of standards volunteers to address cyber risks specific to unmanned systems and robotics.

Using Fortress’ previous work that led to the development of risk-based voluntary standards for the utility industry as a model, AUVSI will lead an effort to build consensus, set standards, and facilitate policies and proactive cybersecurity actions among autonomous system manufacturers and suppliers.

“Unmanned vehicles – air, land and sea – are used for national defense, public safety, commercial delivery, critical infrastructure inspection, etc. These technologies are increasingly becoming part of the economic foundations of nations around the world. worldwide,” said Michael Robbins, Executive Vice President, Government and Public Affairs at AUVSI. “A cyber-secure foundation built on universal industry standards among industry stakeholders and vendors will help ensure that the economic and operational potential of unmanned vehicles is achieved.”

AUVSI creates a collaborative industry Work group to ensure that the industry value proposition of this effort is clear and that the cyber risk mitigation tools make sense. The working group will be comprised of AUVSI member organizations with subject matter expertise who are working with Fortress to begin development of the cybersecurity framework.

AUVSI and Fortress are working to meet an ambitious schedule to complete the framework in less than a year.

“The proactive development of industry standards makes products and services safer and builds trust with governments and regulators, propelling innovation to new heights,” said Tobias Whitney, vice president of strategy and Fortress policy. “We look forward to partnering with AUVSI in a collaborative effort to make the unmanned vehicle industry – manufacturers, vendors and suppliers – resilient and cyber-secure.”

A new consumer survey* conducted by Fortress and AUVSI found that US consumers believe cyberattacks on civilian, government and military unmanned vehicles would be “a big deal.” However, the vast majority believe that an attack should not prevent the use of unmanned vehicles.

Key findings from the survey of 911 US consumers include:

  • 69% said it was important for the unmanned vehicle industry (civilian/government/military) to coordinate and share cybersecurity data
  • 76% said a cyberattack on unmanned military vehicles would be a big deal, but 65% don’t think an attack should stop their use
  • 67% said a cyberattack on a driverless delivery vehicle would be a big deal, but 70% said an attack shouldn’t stop them
  • 72% said an attack on an unmanned first aid vehicle would be a big deal, but 67% say an attack shouldn’t stop their use
  • 38% think self-driving cars will be seen regularly within five years
  • 29% believe self-driving fleet trucks/vehicles will be seen on the road regularly in the next five years

Fortress and AUVSI commissioned Survey Monkey to survey 911 US consumers on August 16. The survey had a margin of error of +/- 3%.

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