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Functional Safety and Security


ISO 26262 Functional Safety Standard and Automotive Security

You are installing safety-related electronic systems in vehicles? - We are the experts where safety standards are concerned, and we can support you in interpreting and efficiently implementing the specific automotive safety standard ISO 26262.

Manufacturers and suppliers have to be able to prove to customers and licensing authorities that electronic systems will deliver the required functionality safely and reliably, despite increasing complexity. As an independent organization we can assess and ensure the functional safety of your products in all phases of the safety life cycle.

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Fig.: ISO 26262 Safety Lifecycle

An enormous amount of expertise under one roof

We can deliver this combination of assessments and improvements from one hand. Our results and recommendations will thereby consider aspects of functional safety as well as e.g. CMMI® or Automotive SPICE® requirements. Coordinated well they will give you twice the benefit.

We can support you in the following applications around functional safety

  • Developing your processes further so that you are able to develop and market technically reliable, available, maintainable, and functionally safe products
  • Assessing whether a supplier has the capability to reliably contribute the appropriate components
  • Evaluating the functional safety of your products and components

Play it safe with us!

To achieve the functional safety of your products it is important to have an open and comprehensive look at the principles, techniques, and measures of product engineering. Exact safety targets can be specified using the safety integrity levels (SIL / ASIL) of ISO 26262. And these can be developed reliably and efficiently with mature processes structured according to the requirements of Automotive SPICE® or CMMI®.

We are your experts for functional safety, and we will be happy to advise you on all issues around the automotive standard ISO 26262: from conceptual design, development and production to the decommissioning of safety-related systems.

Are your software tools safe?

By the way: To learn more about developing confidence in the use of software tools (to confirm software tools are validated for use in keeping with ISO standard 26262), follow the link.

Features that are popular with customers are a major challenge for vehicle development departments, but with modern services, vehicles have to be networked, 24/7. Round-the-clock connectivity is an absolute must for modern vehicle apps – the  kinds of modern network services new cars can hardly do without these days. Realizing the vision of highly autonomous driving or car-to-car communication is unrealistic without Internet connectivity. But there is a downside to these technology advances: cyber threats.

Safe and sound – an integrated security strategy

What is the best way to transform the car from a closed system into an integrated Internet platform? To fully exploit the major potential presented by the latest technology changes, a wide-ranging overall strategy is needed, and a suitable hazard avoidance system represents only a small part of this. A security solution has to be watertight enough to counter a variety of threats, from cyber criminals to insider carelessness, or oversights in the value creation network. 

A strategic approach has to take the following into account

  • Product development
  • Service development
  • Implementation
  • Operational issues

All areas have to form an integral part of an effective security strategy – throughout the entire life cycle. 

The experts from Kugler Maag Cie support your organisation in two critical areas:

  1. Integrated Cybersecurity Engineering
    Security starts at the beginning: Organisations providing products and services need to integrate security related practices directly in their development life-cycle processes to ensure robust and resilience products and services in operation.

    Our experts help you understand and integrate relevant security practices from industry standards and best-practice models to strengthen your product or service development life-cycle process. They also provide analysis of supplier security related capabilities and can support capability development in your supply chain.

  2. Cyber Risk and Resilience Management
    Security concerns operations as well: We help your corporation to manage operational risks to ensure resilience in their daily business. No organisation can expect to avoid every cyber-attack anymore.
    However, your organisation can take a structured approach to managing security risks, business continuity, and information technology operations to ensure a robust and sustainable response to such attacks.

    Our experts work with your company to provide analysis and best practices for managing these threats. These capabilities will be essential to robust products and services in the era of the connected, automated and eventually autonomous vehicle. To complete these capabilities we support the development of the skills needed to prepare for and deal effectively with the unexpected in the area of cybersecurity.

Cybersecurity Engineering and Resilience Management are two sides of the same coin. It's the combination of both capabilities that provides an integrated security approach for your organisation to resist cyber-vulnerability at its best.