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

Enterprise Security Model and Suite of Voluntary Standards to protect air, land and sea assets

New consumer survey finds large majority think cyber attack on unmanned vehicles would be ‘a big deal’ and 69% want industry to share cybersecurity data

ARLINGTON, Va.and ORLANDO, Florida., August 23, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) and Fortress Information Security (Fortress) today launched an industry-wide collaboration focused on developing a cybersecurity model of enterprise and a suite of voluntary standards to address cyber risks specific to unmanned systems and robotics.

Industry-wide collaboration between buyers and sellers/suppliers is a proven cybersecurity strategy. 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 and more. These technologies are increasingly part of the economic underpinnings of nations. around the world,” said Michael Robbin, Executive Vice President, Government and Public Affairs at AUVSI. “A cybersecurity 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 is creating a collaborative industry working 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 policy at Fortress. “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 last week 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

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

About AUVSI
The Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics, represents companies and professionals from more than 60 countries involved in the industry, government and academia. AUVSI members work in the defense, civil and commercial markets.

About Fortress Information Security
Fortress Information Security protects critical industries against cybersecurity and operational threats from suppliers, assets and software in their supply chains. Fortress is the only end-to-end platform that connects intelligence around vendors, IT and operational technology assets, and software through a holistic, fit-for-purpose approach. Fortress has also partnered with its customers and vendors to form the Asset-to-Vendor (A2V) network, which facilitates the secure and transparent exchange of asset information and security intelligence, enabling workflows collaborative to better understand and solve potential problems. Fortress serves critical industries such as energy, government, aerospace and defense, critical manufacturing, industrial automation, automotive and healthcare.

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