Ensuring Cybersecurity in the Aftermarket: The REPAIR Act’s Key Points

In the fast-paced world of automotive technology, ensuring cybersecurity is a top priority. Federal legislation, H.R. 906, known as the Right to Equitable and Professional Auto Industry Repair (REPAIR) Act, has taken center stage in addressing this crucial issue. Here, we break down the key points that enable the aftermarket to ensure cybersecurity while preserving consumer rights:

  1. Comprehensive Security Framework: The REPAIR Act advocates for a comprehensive security framework, moving beyond traditional defense-focused approaches. It prioritizes a balanced approach that safeguards consumer security while supporting service needs.
  2. Access Restrictions: The REPAIR Act limits access to vetted and credentialed entities, employing modern cybersecurity methodologies. This ensures that only trusted parties can access vehicle systems and data for repair and maintenance, keeping malicious actors at bay.
  3. NHTSA Regulations: The REPAIR Act mandates the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to issue regulations, providing clear guidelines for cybersecurity in the automotive aftermarket.
  4. Industry Collaboration: The aftermarket has a history of collaboration with organizations like the National Automotive Service Task Force (NASTF) to establish standardized guidelines for secure data transfer, ensuring data integrity and confidentiality.
  5. Balancing Priorities: The REPAIR Act strikes a balance between cybersecurity and consumer choice in repair. It sets a cybersecurity benchmark while enhancing road safety.

As our world becomes increasingly interconnected, prioritizing cybersecurity principles in right to repair legislation is crucial. Your trade associations ask you to join us in advocating for a collaborative, federal solution that ensures customer security without hidden costs. Together, we can shape the future of cybersecurity in the automotive aftermarket.

Take action: repairact.com

This story was contributed by Chris Gardner, SVP, MEMA Aftermarket Suppliers.