This morning, the Office of the National Cyber Director (ONCD) convened government and private sector leaders for a forum focused on cybersecurity issues in the electric vehicle (EV) and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) ecosystem. This forum was part of a larger series of senior-level meetings targeting different sectors, most recently healthcare event in June to support strategic awareness and readiness and strengthen all pieces of critical infrastructure.
National Cyber Director Chris Inglis and Deputy National Cyber Director Kemba Walden received Polly Trottenberg, Deputy Secretary, Department of Transportation; David Turk, Assistant Secretary, Department of Energy; Mitch Landrieu, Senior Advisor to the President and Coordinator for Infrastructure Implementation; Anne Neuberger, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Cyber and Emerging Technologies at the National Security Council; Kristina Costa, Deputy Assistant to the President and Vice President for Clean Energy Innovation and Implementation; Caitlin Durkovich, Assistant Homeland Security Advisor for Resilience and Response; other senior government officials; and senior executives representing stakeholders in the EV and EVSE ecosystem for a cyber threats and vulnerabilities briefing and cybersecurity roundtable. Officials stressed the importance of working closely in partnership with the private sector to ensure resilience and robustness are essential features of the EV ecosystem.
Industry participants – including representatives from automakers, component manufacturers, and EV charging infrastructure manufacturers – were asked to share their individual organizations’ views on current cybersecurity practices, gaps, and improvement recommendations across the EV ecosystem. Government officials noted that building a safe and resilient electric vehicle and EV ecosystem is important to safely and reliably meet climate change goals. Government officials shared how they are advancing these goals by implementing more than $7.5 billion in investments in bipartisan infrastructure legislation (BIL) for EV charging infrastructure and billions more in tax credits and direct investments under the Inflation Reduction Act. All participants stressed the need to accelerate the construction and deployment of this critical infrastructure while ensuring we can count on its safety and resilience as Americans increasingly rely on it. There was also discussion of how the government’s implementation of the Build America, Buy America Act could improve the supply chain security of components that all companies rely on.
Participants agreed that the public and private sectors, including a variety of stakeholders in the EV ecosystem, will work together to:
- Assess the current state of cybersecurity standards across the EV and EVSE ecosystem and identify opportunities for harmonization;
- Identify the key cybersecurity attributes needed for the emerging EV and EVSE ecosystem and outline a shared vision of the future state; and
- Assess the state of cybersecurity research and development for the EV and EVSE ecosystem and identify opportunities for further work.