Scarcely a day goes by without cybersecurity dominating the headlines, whether it involves a bank, the electric grid, a retailer, or most recently, the Democratic National Committee.

Last week our industry took another step toward enhancing the security of motor vehicles from hackers, when we unveiled a series of Automotive Cybersecurity Best Practices. This was the product of months of work by the Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC, for short), involving more than 50 automotive cybersecurity experts.  This voluntary, industry-led effort recognizes that the world of cybersecurity moves quickly, and more nimble, flexible approaches are needed. You can learn more about the best practices at

Connected vehicle technology will provide significant improvements in vehicle safety, fuel economy, and transportation efficiency.  Consumers need to know and trust that connected car platforms like vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication and the benefits that flow from them will not compromise their privacy or security. And on the subject of V2V communications -- both NHTSA and the auto industry designed this technology in a way that aggregates the data required for this lifesaving technology to provide anonymity to any personally identifiable data and addresses head on potential cybersecurity concerns.

The deployment of connected and automated safety features, such as V2V communications, will play an important role in getting us back on the path toward zero fatalities. Encouraging the adoption of new safety technologies is vital, and that’s why we’ll continue moving ahead, working collaboratively to modify and adopt new best practices that further strengthen auto cybersecurity going forward.