Cybersecurity is necessary for every engineer today. Increasingly systems in the networked vehicle are critical to safety. Functional security cannot be achieved without a comprehensive concept for cybersecurity. This training shows how cybersecurity in automotive systems can be successfully implemented. We show which technologies matter and how tools help.

Automotive cybersecurity is of growing concern for the entire automotive industry. It is a must-have today, because systems are interconnected, and in one way or the other open for external penetration. Even worse, security directly impacts functionality, user experience and safety, and thus has become subject to product liability. For instance, functional safety is not feasible without a concise approach to cover security.

Security gains has become a key challenge across industries. More and more systems are networked and are attacked. Absolute security does not exist, but you can effectively protect. Our training is the introduction and implementation of risk-based cybersecurity in practice. The following questions are addressed: How to identify security objectives? How do I assess the security on the basis of basic methods like TARA (Threat and Risk Analysis) and how can a security objective be deduced from that? What are the typical threats? Since there can be no absolute cybersecurity, the focus of the training is on a risk-based approach and on the necessary consistent methodology.

Additional bonus: The widely used assessment tool COMPASS is presented. You will receive a demo version with full functionality for your own entries.

Content and Agenda

  • Cybersecurity foundations for automotive applications
  • Current threats and methodology
  • Security Standards (e.g., SAE-J3061-2016, ISO-SAE-21434), legal obligations and governance
  • Threat analysis and risk assessment with TARA
  • Efficient implementation of security in the lifecycle from the security assets to the risk analysis to the consistent implementation throughout the entire lifecycle
  • Practical experience and hands-on case studies
  • Current trends

Our training shows how cybersecurity can be successfully implemented in automotive systems. Three different, yet related, approaches will be described in detail, namely
1. Product, that is cybersecurity at the system level,
2. Process, covering the implementation of security concepts in the entire life-cycle,
3. Field, that is cybersecurity applicable after-sales activities.

Many practical examples from our worldwide projects will emphasize how to implement cybersecurity focused and at reasonable cost. Examples include the full set of methods, such as TARA, but also concrete case studies such as over-the-air (OTA) software upgrades.

This training provides an introduction to the fundamentals and practice of cybersecurity engineering. It introduces the basic techniques for specification, analysis, testing and proofing of security. We show in practice how these techniques are applied, and help to introduce relevant processes and tools. In particular, we will show with the introduction of show to introduce and ramp up cybersecurity in the company.

Customer Reference

"Outstanding level of expertise in cybersecurity."

- Michael Prantke, Panasonic

Inhouse Formats

Do you want to adapt this training to your own examples and challenges? Looking for a workout that delivers practical exercises adjusted to your environment? Then, we suggest that you have this training conducted in-house, where you can decide on focus, speed and the training schedule. We also offer dedicated crash courses for employees and management. 

Target Audience

Engineers in product development, system and software engineers, security and safety engineers and managers, architects, engineering managers, project managers, purchasing, quality managers.

About our Trainers

Dr. Arnulf Braatz is a manager at Vector Consulting Services. Previously he worked as a project manager in development projects as well as a software architect. Dr. Braatz supports companies worldwide to improve their safety and security projects, development processes and change management. He works across industries in the field of engineering methods, system and IT architecture, requirements engineering, and to improve efficiency.



Youssef Rekik is a consultant and software developer at Vector Consulting Services. He is heavily involved in the development of security applications for smart connected embedded devices with focus on network security and communication technologies.

Prof. Dr. Christof Ebert is Managing Director of Vector Consulting Services GmbH. He supports companies worldwide in improving their product development and product strategy as well as in change management. He sits on various supervisory boards, is a professor at the University of Stuttgart and the Sorbonne in Paris, and the author of several renowned books. Twitter: @ChristofEbert.


700 € plus VAT (duration: 1 day)

Admission price includes full documentation on paper and as PDF and also our Vector book on "Automotive Embedded Engineering" with lots of best practices, project experiences and state of the art technology. Naturally, all participants benefit from our rich coffee breaks and a quality lunch in our spectacular Vector restaurant. Each participant will receive a qualifying Vector certificate for this intensive training.

Get a 10% discount:
- if you register more than 2 participants of your company
- if you book at least 60 days in advance

Full-time students receive a discount of 70% (on presentation of a valid student card).