Automotive Cybersecurity Evaluation

Now is the time to build cybersecurity into your connected and autonomous vehicle ecosystem. Our holistic approach includes penetration testing, threat modelling and risk assessment


As cars become connected and autonomous, the risk and potential impact of a cyber-attack is growing. For the first time, hackers have the potential to compromise a large number of vehicles with a single attack.

  • Researchers are exposing a growing range of threats to safety-critical systems across multiple car brands

  • In the next five years, 175 million more connected cars are forecast to be sold globally

  • Almost every major car brand has now announced plans to offer vehicles with higher levels of autonomy.

Our cybersecurity specialists can help you identify threats to your brand, set the right targets, test the strength of your systems and implement cost-effective countermeasures.  Enquire now

Introducing the Automotive Secure Development Lifecycle (ASDL)

Combining SBD’s knowledge of automotive security, connected architectures, and autonomous vehicle technologies, ASDL draws upon an engineering approach to improving vehicle security.

Some of our methods

System design architecture
Avoid the cost of complex recalls by identifying weaknesses early in the design stage. Services include attack surface analysis and design/architecture reviews.

Asset protection definition
Define what you are protecting, whether it is safety critical systems, intellectual property or drivers’ personal data. Through industry-wide intelligence, we help you set the right cybersecurity targets for your brand. 

Threat modeling
Better understand your security requirements with a prioritized list of threats. We help identify which part of your system architecture an attacker would target, the methods they would use, their motivation, the likelihood of each type of attack and the potential impact on your business.

Define countermeasures
Mitigate risks identified at the threat modeling stage. Services include attack mitigation advice and attack surface reduction training.

Best practice guidance
Bringing together your potential attack list with the collective experience of our specialists, market intelligence, industry standards and best practice, we help you pinpoint the most cost-effective way of protecting your brand.

Security assessment
Identify any remaining weaknesses in your actual system with hands-on penetration testing. By simulating real world threats, we provide a clear and realistic picture of your systems’ resilience to attack.

Incident response
Vulnerabilities exist even within the most thoroughly designed and tested systems. In the event of a security breach, we help ensure you are prepared with a comprehensive plan to protect your reputation, minimize the damage and correct the weakness.​

Why SBD is the right partner

Automotive by nature

Our clients include 90% of OEMs, 65% of Tier 1/2s, 60% of TSPs and 50% of leading MNOs.

Security is our DNA

SBD means Secured by Design. We originated in automotive security and have been advising clients on security for over 20 years.


We’re an independent company with completely independent ownership. Therefore, we can offer completely impartial advice and expertise.

Cybersecurity expertise

We’re specialists in automotive cyber security road maps, threat modeling, risk assessment and penetration testing for individual components and the whole vehicle. We also routinely audit automotive OEM and Supplier cybersecurity maturity-development processes and procedures.

Security expertise across eco-system

We have a wealth of experience with on-board, MNOs, TSPs, Servers and Apps, data theft, corruption, privacy, and denial of service.

Innovative test tools & methods

Development of proprietary automotive threat and countermeasure databases.

Engineering approach - No hype

ASDL based on sound engineering principles, designed by engineers, for engineers.

Depth, breadth and volume of experts

We offer global coverage, with local offices across Germany, UK, North America, India, Japan, and China, covering threat modeling, penetration testing, hardware, software, networks, apps, databases, reverse engineering, digital forensics, and more. This has resulted in regular requests for our staff to speak at leading international automotive cyber security conferences all over the globe.

Key benefits

  • Avoid complex and expensive recalls by ​mitigating cybersecurity threats early in the design stage

  • Prioritize investment by better understanding the biggest threats to your brand

  • Keep up with today’s rapidly evolving cybersecurity landscape by continually enhancing knowledge within your organization.