PROJECT TITLE

Cybersecurity of Transportation Infrastructure in a CV Environment

PROJECT INVESTIGATOR

Henry Liu, PhD
Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and Research Professor, U-M Transportation Institute

PROJECT DATES

January – December 2017

PROJECT TEAM

Morley Mao, PhD
Professor, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, U-M College of Engineering

OBJECTIVES

The objective of this project is to find cybersecurity vulnerabilities in transportation infrastructure and identify a set of strategies to prevent cyber-attacks and reduce the damage from such attacks. A series of recommendations to improve infrastructure cybersecurity will be developed.

APPROACH

This project will first analyze the security of the current transportation infrastructure at the protocol level (e.g. DSRC and NTCIP) and at the traffic control system level (e.g., traffic signal policy and operation). Then real-world penetration tests will be conducted at Mcity to determine possible security vulnerabilities. Based on the testing results, consequences of a security breach will be investigated. Finally, a set of recommendations will be developed for best security practice for transportation infrastructure.

OUTCOMES

  • Analysis of the current protocol and traffic control system security
  • Models and algorithms to detect potential cyber-attacks
  • Investigation of consequences of a security breach
  • A set of recommendations for best security practice

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