Research Support for Transit Industrial Control Systems and Cyber Security

With the support of the American Public Transit Association (APTA) Security Standards Policy & Planning Committee, the Security Standards Program has been approved to form a fourth Working Group; the formation of the Cyber Security Standards Working Group is targeted for November 2009. Of central concern are the industrial control systems that monitor and control physical activities on transit rail systems. It is anticipated that in early 2010 transit rail systems will need to respond to industrial control systems guidance (now in final revision) developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). That guidance is likely to point to the need for continuous (rather than periodic) certification of industrial control systems. TCRP Project J-6/Task 77 has begun to bring together transit rail systems, initially in response to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) urgent recommendations made to the FTA dated July 13, 2009, NTSB Reference R-09-07. Additional NTSB recommendations of September 22, 2009, References R-09-17 and -18 (Urgent) and R-09-19, point to the need for research support for development of recommended practices and standards for industrial control systems and cyber security. The APTA Cyber Security Standards Working Group will support facilitation of volunteer participation (including travel support), which is necessary but not sufficient; research in depth is needed as well. The objective of this research is to provide support for the development of recommended practices and standards for transit industrial control systems and cyber security. This work will build upon the previous TCRP-sponsored research to draft recommended practices and standards. Initial topics to be addressed include signal systems, track circuits, and train controls.


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  • Status: Proposed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project D-15

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Transit Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    Transit Cooperative Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC    20001
  • Project Managers:

    Parker, Stephan

  • Start Date: 20100224
  • Source Data: RiP Project 25250

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01461675
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project D-15
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 1:50PM