Automotive Cybersecurity Certification: Level One C2105

Topics: Advanced Technologies

The ever-increasing networking and automation of vehicles make cybersecurity a core requirement for future vehicles and their components. Automobile manufacturers and suppliers are confronted with new requirements that address the cybersecurity of vehicle IT/OT. This certification, created in partnership between SAE International and TÜV SÜD, provides the necessary basic knowledge for people who work in the field of automotive cybersecurity, management, engineering, and auditing. Course participants will gain an understanding of the current challenges in the automotive industry and the relevance and importance of cybersecurity.

Developed and led by industry experts, the program teaches the context and the requirements of the laws, regulations, and standards with a focus on the regulations of UNECE WP.29 and ISO/SAE DIS 21434. The necessary basic knowledge helps organizations prepare to meet the upcoming legal obligations for automotive cybersecurity. This makes a significant contribution to safeguarding vehicles and components and successfully homologating series vehicles. This course provides participants with essential knowledge and skills, including:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of the quality and risk management of vehicles
  • Dangers and measures needed to protect vehicles from cyber threats
  • Relationships between threat and risk analysis, security concept, security specification
  • Verification and validation concept over the entire life cycle of the product

The automotive cybersecurity qualification concept was developed with recognized experts from the automotive industry and is characterized by a high level of practical relevance. Practical examples from our trainers and exercises support the transfer of the learning content into your work environment. An examination of core concepts will be administered at the conclusion of the course. Once the exam is passed, participants will receive an SAE International/TÜV SÜD recognized certification.

Note: A Level Two advanced certification will be available in fall of 2021.

Who Should Attend

This certification course is designed for any role that needs to have a foundational understanding of automotive cybersecurity; Operations managers, Project & Production Managers, Quality Officers, Revision & Audit Officer, Cybersecurity Professionals, Engineering personnel, Developers, Testers, Functional Safety Managers, Engineering Management, Software Engineers, Safety Managers, etc.

  • Introduction and transformation of mobility Challenges in the automotive sector
  • Cybersecurity basics
  • Basics of automotive cybersecurity
  • Regulatory environment
  • Automotive cybersecurity engineering according to ISO/SAE 21434
Bill Mazzara; Anuja Sonalker; Vijay Srinivas

Bill Mazzara serves on the SAE/ISO Joint Working Group for Road Vehicles Cybersecurity Engineering which has published ISO/SAE 21434DIS. He is also the chair of SAE Vehicle Electrical System Hardware Security Subcommittee which has published SAE J3101.

Having begun his career as a test engineer during the infancy of the connected car,  Mr. Mazzara has witnessed and been a driving force in the evolution of the field, granted 29 related patents in the process. As it became apparent that the lack of cybersecurity was an unfortunate oversight of the connected car, Bill became part of the solution.  Mr. Mazzara served on the response team charged with addressing what is widely considered one of the automotive industry’s first cybersecurity incidents against a passenger vehicle, the incident chronicled in 2010 study by researchers from the Universities of California San Diego and Washington.

A Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Mr. Mazzara holds a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame in addition to masters’ degrees in wireless communications and business administration.


Anuja Sonalker is the founder and CEO of autonomous vehicle software company, STEER Tech and was recently named one of 2020’s Top 100 Leading Women in the North American Automotive Industry by Automotive News. Dr. Sonalker draws two decades of experience from both the automotive industry and the US cybersecurity defense sector building high assurance secure networks, devices and distributed systems. Prior to STEER she held executive leadership positions at TowerSec (acq. by Harman) and at Battelle where she led their automotive cybersecurity practices and go to market. She was instrumental in transitioning the Battelle CyberAuto Challenge to SAE in 2016 and in building the world's first automotive intrusion detection systems in 2013. She is currently the Vice-Chair of the SAE Vehicle Cybersecurity Systems Engineering Committee and Co-Chair of ISO 21434: Automotive Cybersecurity Framework. Dr Sonalker holds several patents in building cyber security engineering products and automated vehicle engineering products.

Dr. Sonalker also serves on the Board of Partners for Automated Vehicle Education (PAVE), Board of Visitors for the Clark School of Engineering at the University of Maryland, Board of the BWI Business Partnership and the Board of Directors of the Economic Development Authority of Howard County, Maryland.

Duration: 2 Days

Format: Virtual

Event ID: 7326

Location: Live Online

Session Info:

  • Session 1 - October 11 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET)
  • Session 2 - October 12 (8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET)
    2 Sessions

  • Fees: $1,603.00

    If paying by any other method or if you have general questions, please contact SAE Customer Service.

    List Fee $1,495.00 (includes exam fee of $175) 
    Standard Cost $108.00 (includes 10% discount) 
    Total $1,603.00

    This version of the course includes electronic access to the ISO/SAE 21434 at a 10% discount when bundled with the course. If you already have access to the standard, please contact for access to just the course.