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Safety & Security – Integrated Development

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Secure the position of the independent observer at the:


What is safety and security about?

Challenges at the networked vehicle

Today’s automobiles have quite a few electronic and electrical systems (E/E systems) embedded to realize existing and new functions.
That includes basic functions like light, wiper, etc. but also diagnostic-interfaces, infotainment, driver assistance systems, e-mobility, mobile services up to autonomous driving.

Malfunctions in these E / E systems, which may lead to hazards for traffic users, must be sufficiently reduced (Safety).
Today's E/E systems are connected via Networks.
Therefore, cyberattacks which are focused on these systems and beyond, violate the systems security, the privacy of users and may lead to operational and financial damage. These new challenges must be counteracted with sufficient care in the form of cyber protection (Security).


Safety and Security - Similarities and Differences

Is it possible to handle safety and security within a common process?

The challenge is that between the two disciplines exist significantly differences depending on the level of consideration:

Level of consideration                                             



System view 

Technical system harms humans/environment unintended

Humans harm humans/environment purposefully

Danger assessment

Hazards are rated by statistics, experience values, knowledge about the system, its components and interactions

Threads are intended malicious activities and as such are difficult to predict


Safe state

Permanent IT- Security process

Risk analysis



Hardware failure

Random failures   

Attacks from vulnerable locations

Goal of software validation                          

Proof of validity of software

Vulnerabilities of valid software

System integration test

















Safety and Security: Similarities

However, with all these differences, similarities between safety and security can be discerned:


An integrated approach for both aspects

To derive an applicable process for safety and security, it is thus advisable to proceed in accordance with ISO 26262, using the definition of the item and to start with the risk analysis.