Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC) Joins Cyber Readiness Institute Champion Network

Leading Automotive Industry Organization To Provide Free Cyber Resources and Tools To Members and Partners

WASHINGTON, DC, April 30, 2019 – The Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC) today was named a Cyber Readiness Champion, enabling automobile manufacturers and thousands of businesses that provide parts, components and services for vehicle production to access free cyber resources and tools from the Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI).

As a Cyber Readiness Champion, Auto-ISAC members will now be able to access and implement cybersecurity best practices from senior executives at global companies as well as integrate cyber readiness programs into their corporate cultures to make their organizations safer, more secure and resilient in the face of cyber threats.

The Auto-ISAC has global representation with board members including General Motors, Toyota, Harman, Honda, Cummins, FCW, Continental and Bosch. Members also include heavy-duty vehicle manufacturers, suppliers and commercial fleets and carriers.

On average, the typical automobile is comprised of over 20,000 partswith roughly 1,000 key components that equate to thousands of manufacturing facilities and dozens of assembly operations.

“The nature of automobile manufacturing creates large and diverse supply chains that include companies of all sizes from global, multi-nationals to small, local businesses,” said Faye Francy, executive director of the Auto-ISAC. “We look forward to partnering with the Cyber Readiness Institute to ensure that all Auto-ISAC members and their business partners have access to the latest cybersecurity tools, resources and strategies.”

The CRI Cyber Readiness Program, convened by global enterprise leaders, is designed to educate and equip small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with tools and resources to address four primary cybersecurity issues: authentication, phishing, patching, and USB use. The Program focuses on making basic cyber policies and processes an integral part of a company’s operations to engage the entire workforce, create a culture of cyber readiness, and build a more cyber secure and resilient organization.

“Our global economy relies on the innovation of the automotive industry. The industry and the global economy are truly interdependent. It is important that we prioritize the cyber readiness of small and medium-sized enterprises that are critical components of the automotive supply chain,” said Kiersten Todt, managing director of the Cyber Readiness Institute. “We welcome the Auto-ISAC as a Cyber Readiness Champion and look forward to helping empower the industry to become more cyber aware and cyber secure.”

About the Cyber Readiness Institute

The Cyber Readiness Institute (CRI) convenes senior leaders of global companies—including Mastercard, Microsoft, ExxonMobil, Maersk, General Motors and others from around the world—to share best practices and resources to improve the cyber readiness of small and medium-sized enterprises.

The Institute’s co-chairs are Samuel J. Palmisano, retired president and CEO, IBM and current chairman, The Center for Global Enterprise; Ajay Banga, president and CEO, Mastercard; Satya Nadella, CEO, Microsoft; and Penny Pritzker, former U.S. Secretary of Commerce and current chairman, PSP Partners. The managing director of CRI is Kiersten Todt, former executive director of the Presidential Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity

About the Auto-ISAC

The Auto-ISAC was formed by automakers in 2015 to promote collaboration between suppliers, commercial vehicle companies and automobile manufacturers around vehicle cybersecurity issues. The Auto-ISAC operates as a central hub to share and analyze intelligence about emerging cybersecurity risks. The focus of the Auto-ISAC is to foster global collaboration for mitigating the risks of a cyber-attack and to create a safe, efficient, secure and resilient global connected vehicle ecosystem.

Its annual Summit, hosted by Toyota, is scheduled for October 23-24, 2019, in Plano, TX. For more information, please visit www.automotiveisac.com and follow us @autoisac.