The evolution of the connected car is raising one big, overwhelming concern: the threat of hackers compromising a car's systems. To counteract this, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers are teaming up to prevent black hats from trying to crack a vehicle's security systems.

"The goal is to make it very, very hard" for hackers to break into a vehicle's systems, David Strickland, the former head of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, said during a presentation at a Society of Automotive Engineers conference. Strickland is now a consultant for law firm Venable.

"Can you make it a zero risk? No, but you want to make it so hard that you can foreclose most opportunities," Strickland said.

"It's just getting started," said Toyota's Bentley Au, confirming that the Japanese manufacturer will be taking part. Au was also on hand at the SAE conference.

According to Automotive News, the consortium will work towards building vehicle firewalls, allowing secure communications and links to cloud-based data. Expect to hear much more on this new effort as it picks up speed.


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