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Call for Participation: DOT/DHS Automotive Cybersecurity Innovation Forum Events

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Modern automobiles are complex machines that can contain over 60 embedded electronic control units (ECUs), networks to support these units, and a host of external interfaces, both wired and wireless.

The scope of security vulnerabilities in vehicles equipped with telematics/infotainment systems is exponentially expanding. Several successful proof-of-concept attacks have been reported in the media. In addition, several recent vulnerabilities and attacks on On-board Diagnostics (OBD-2) dongles and telematics systems have also been reported in the media.

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT)/Volpe Center and the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Cyber Security Division are sponsoring an Automotive Cybersecurity Innovation Forum Event on October 18-20, 2016, in Cambridge, Mass.

Planned Events

Federal Programs and Labs Automotive Cybersecurity Workshop—On October 18, 2016, the workshop will be invitation-only and include participation by U.S. federally funded automotive cybersecurity programs, international federally funded programs, and federal laboratories.

Each organization/presenter will have approximately 30-45 minutes to brief its automotive cybersecurity program at the workshop. In addition, a panel comprising subject-matter experts (SME) will be held.

Open Source Automotive Cybersecurity Research Innovation Forum—On October 19-20, 2016, the forum will provide an opportunity to close the collaboration gap between independent researchers, government, academia, and the automotive industry. To enable this collaboration, DOT/Volpe is hosting and conducting an Open Source Tool Innovation Forum that will facilitate sharing and collaboration among different groups of developers, and between developers and end users of automotive cybersecurity tools.

This event is unique from other cybersecurity events in several ways:

  • Practical – Existing tools demonstrated on real modern vehicles
  • Expert Knowledge – Not an introductory level event; participants are already familiar with automotive cybersecurity basics
  • Community-Driven – Opportunity for cybersecurity researchers (users) to voice improvements, needs and alternatives to tool developers
  • Interdisciplinary – Representatives from government, industry, academia, and private research
  • Connect tool developers with collaborators, end users, and potential funding sources.

A list of the types of tools and researchers that are being considered for participation in the event can be found at: https://www.nostarch.com/carhacking and http://opengarages.org/index.php/Tools (from the Car Hackers Handbook V2).

An open source (OS) tool portal that can be used by security researchers and federal programs in automotive cybersecurity R&D will be developed. 

The Volpe Center has automotive cybersecurity contacts at multiple federallLabs, such as the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) and Department of Energy labs (i.e., Idaho National Lab, Oak Ridge National Lab, and Argonne National Lab).   The DOT/Volpe Center calls for participation in these cybersecurity events by FLC member organizations that:

  1. May be working on automotive cybersecurity project(s) and may have an interest in the attending the Federal Programs and Labs Automotive Cybersecurity Workshop on October 18 and/or the Open Source Automotive Cybersecurity Research Innovation Forum on October 19-20.
  2. May be developing automotive cybersecurity tools, such as discovery, injection, sniffing, reverse engineering, fuzzing, software defined radio (SDR) and simulation, and may be interested in demonstrating their tools on real vehicles at the Automotive Cybersecurity Tools Innovation Forum and Showcase on October 19-20.
  3. May have a keen interest in the topic of automotive cybersecurity and would like to request an invitation to the Federal Programs and Labs Automotive Cybersecurity Workshop on October 18 and/or the Automotive Cybersecurity Tools Innovation Forum and Showcase on October 19-20.
  4. May have an interest in the identification of automotive cybersecurity federal programs, federal labs, and/or security researchers-tool developers for the purposes of technology transfer opportunities for your organization.

Note that due to capacity constraints, The Volpe Center will institute a vetting process for accepting programs to brief at the Federal Programs and Labs Automotive Cybersecurity Workshop on October 18 and/or demonstrate their tools at the Automotive Cybersecurity Tools Innovation Forum and Showcase on October 19-20. We welcome the opportunity for you to reach out to us for more information and to conduct discussions by July 31, 2016. The Volpe Center email contacts are Kevin Harnett at kevin.harnett@dot.gov, Brendan Harris at Brendan.Harris@dot.gov and Graham Watson at Graham.Watson.CTR@dot.gov.

The Volpe Center email contacts are Kevin Harnett at kevin.harnett@dot.gov, Brendan Harris at Brendan.Harris@dot.gov and Graham Watson at Graham.Watson.CTR@dot.gov.

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