A product release stands on two legs:
A solid safety and cyber security case and an independent assessment report.
The assessment provides additional confidence to the management and approvers of a product that the project team has considered all relevant aspects. After all, our standards, especially ISO 26262, have hundreds of requirements for development activities.
In addition, an assessment during development gives the project team itself the confidence that all important aspects have been addressed adequately and in good time. From the team's point of view, this turns the assessor from an unpopular auditor into a partner-like companion.