Enhancing cyber-security in public transportation
Posted: 2 October 2019 | Jay Ligatti - University of South Florida, Kevin Dennis - University of South Florida, Maxat Alibayev - University of South Florida, Sean Barbeau - University of South Florida | No comments yet
As our societies become better connected, so too does our transport, bringing about potential cyber-risks that have only recently begun to be exposed. Here, members of the University of South Florida’s ‘Enhancing Cybersecurity in Public Transportation’ project team explain what operators can do to keep their cyber-physical systems as safe as possible in a world where the pace of innovation refuses to slow.
The development of transportation technologies has recently exploded, having grown from isolated devices to large, interconnected networks of devices. While these developments can bring significant overall benefits, such as increasing safety and ridership, they have also introduced security concerns that had previously been limited to classical computer and information systems.
Public transportation vehicles are perhaps the most-exposed component of transit infrastructure – they carry a large number of individuals that are continuously entering and exiting the vehicles and contain an increasing number of different technologies, including wirelessly connected systems like on-board Wi-Fi, that can be leveraged as potential attack vectors.