The European Union (EU) is launching an important study that is worth noting. On July 13th, the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) announced that it is going to create a comprehensive list of the various cybersecurity policies and tools and standards and measures that can be used to strengthen security in the next-generation of cars.

The ENISA initiative was the subject of an informative article by Winston Maxwell and Timothy Tobin, attorneys with Hogan Lovells, an international law firm (www.hldataprotection.com/2016/07/articles/international-eu-privacy-enisa-jumpstarts-con; “ENISA Jumpstarts Connected Car Cybersecurity Study for EU”). In their article, Mr. Maxwell and Mr. Tobin note that the ENISA study was generated by the EU’s recognition of the ever increasing interconnection between and among cars. These advances means a corresponding increase in concerns about the global repercussions from a security perspective.

The ENISA study writers will issue recommendations following the conclusion of their work. The recommendations will focus on measures that will help enhance smart car security for EU consumers. When issued, the study’s findings and recommendations should be studied by U.S. federal, State and local agencies and policy makers with responsibility for these car and cybersecurity issues.

The U.S. should gain the benefit of the ENISA report so that our next-generation cars are as safe as possible from cybersecurity issues.