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Cyber security in vehicles

Techniques, Tools, Procedures

The TOP topics

  • The methods applied by hackers and data thieves
  • Standards and legal framework governing cyber security
  • How network hacking works
  • Basics of embedded software
  • Basics of hardware analysis
  • Technical solution approaches


You will benefit from this VDI practical seminar by gaining a complete overview of the basics of cyber security with a focus on vehicle-specific aspects. From the hacker's point of view, you will gain an insight into a complex subject. You will get to learn procedures and techniques, in a similar manner to those used by hackers. In this way, you will be able to assess and verify the safety of your cyber security systems more effectively. In addition, you will learn about software and hardware design principles, which have already been tried and tested, and are used to make it particularly difficult for hackers to penetrate a system.

When a car manufacturer summons 1.4 million cars to the repair shops because hackers can remotely gain control over the braking and steering systems, it becomes clear that hacking can pose a threat to life and limb. Due to Internet connectivity, functional safety continues to be the main requirement for our products. The only thing that changes is the focus on maintaining the integrity of the systems and software.

Consequently, it is important to launch products which have a high level of functional security and at the same time offer sufficient protection against such attacks. The illusion that safety can be fully described by a single IEC, EN or ISO standard such as IEC 61508, ISO 26262, EN 50128 or similar is often created. In reality, 50 to 500 different standards and regulations are applied in a project.

However, cyber security, especially in the automotive sector, should not be seen as a statutory requirement, but as an economic activity and a social obligation. As a result, developers and those in charge of security not only have to deal intensively with standards and regulations, but cost-effectiveness would also play a central role in their decision making. In this context, the lifecycle costs will gain relevance, because just like in IT, vehicles connected to the Internet will also require regular security updates in future.


    Target group

    • System Engineers

    • Software Architects

    • Software and Hardware Developers

    • Managers, Project Managers and Team Leaders in the field of Electronics / Electrical Engineering

    • Safety Engineers and those responsible for safety

    • Functional Safety Managers employed by vehicle Manufacturers and Suppliers (automotive, mobile machinery, commercial vehicles, railways, aviation)


    Seminar Dates

    You can book this seminar via the VDI-Wissenforum or as an in-house training!

    8th-9th of February 2022, Frankfurt on the Main
    4th-5th of May 2022, Vienna
    2nd-3rd of August, Düsseldorf
    2nd-3rd of November 2022, online
    16th to 17th of February 2023, Stuttgart


    Seminar Coaching

    Engineer Juergen Belz, the Managing Director of PROMETO GmbH, Paderborn

    After studying electrical engineering with a focus on automation, Mr. Belz led the development of systems and software of hybrid vehicles at Continental. This achievement was honoured with an award in the category " Trendsetting Software Initiative". Afterwards, he was globally in charge of the processes, methods and tools used in the development of hardware and software at Hella, an automotive supplier, for seven years. Under his leadership, Hella successfully became the first supplier to achieve SPICE Level 3 and launched the first prototype AUTOSAR control unit that was installed in a vehicle. Since 2010, Mr. Belz is a Senior Consultant for Safety & Security at PROMETO.

    PROMETO offers processes, tools and specialists necessary for the development of safe products.


    Please feel free to contact us!