Securing Software Updates for Automobiles

The Uptane Alliance

The Uptane Alliance was formally established in July of 2018 for the express purpose of standardizing an open and secure design for over-the-air updates for automobiles. In practice, this process has involved improving and standardizing the Uptane open-source software. Formed under the umbrella of IEEE’s International Standards and Technology Organization, the Alliance is a nonprofit consortium of companies, non-profit groups, and government agencies. In addition to developing, disseminating and supporting the implementation of standards to improve the security of software updates for the automotive industry, the Alliance will support the continuing development and adoption of Uptane technology through access to the resources of IEEE, including publications, meetings and conferences, and administrative support.

Interested organizations can become part of the Uptane Alliance by completing a membership application and returning it to:

The Uptane Alliance

c/o IEEE-ISTO

445 Hoes Lane

Piscataway, NJ 08854 USA

Check the box marked “Contributor Membership” and make sure you include “IEEE-ISTO” in the mailing address, as IEEE supports another standards organization at the same address.

You can learn more about the organization and governing structure of the Uptane Alliance by reviewing the bylaws.

Individuals who wish to contribute to the standardization initiative can do so, regardless of whether or not their organization joins the Uptane Alliance. Contact Lois Anne DeLong to be put on the mailing list for the Uptane Standards committee. This will keep you apprised of how the work is progressing and give you the opportunity to contribute to the process.

The IEEE Industry Standards and Technology Organization (ISTO) was established in January 1999 as a global, not-for-profit corporation [501(c)(6)] designed to accelerate and extend standards development and adoption activities for technology industry consortia.