Automotive Cyber Security: An Introduction

Discover automotive cyber security and explore how cyber attacks and car hacking can expose security flaws in vehicles.

Automotive Cyber Security: An Introduction

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 3 hours
This course is part of the program Automotive Cyber Security, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Cyber Security. Find out more.

Is it possible to proactively protect vehicles against cyber attacks?

On this course, you will have the opportunity to develop your awareness of the key theoretical concepts that underpin automotive cyber security.

You will explore how the levels of automation in vehicles has changed over time, and how this has made vehicles more vulnerable.

Using real-world case studies, you will explore different types of cyber attacks, from physical to remote. You will also have the opportunity to assess security flaws and threats in vehicles.

What topics will you cover?

  • Basic concepts underpinning automotive cyber security
  • Levels of automation
  • AUTOSAR
  • J1939
  • Attack surface
  • Types of attacks in automotive
  • Real-world case studies

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Develop an understanding of the need for automotive cyber security
  • Explain the current security flaws in vehicles through the use of case studies
  • Develop an attack surface with the level of automation in vehicles
  • Demonstrate practical attacks on vehicles
  • Assess security threats from a practical and theoretical viewpoint

Who is the course for?

This short course is for anyone interested in cybersecurity in the automotive context.

Please note that the individuals detailed in the ‘Who will you learn with?’ section below, are current staff members and may be subject to change.

Who will you learn with?

Yasir Imtiaz Khan

Yasir Imtiaz Khan

Dr Khan lectures in ethical hacking and cyber security. He has been working in academia for 10 years, specialising in cyber security and formal methods.

Who developed the course?

Coventry University

Coventry secured gold in the UK Government’s 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

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Which program and degree is this course part of?

This course is part of the program Automotive Cyber Security, which is one of the building blocks that leads to a degree in MSc Cyber Security.