Cybersecurity Challenges and Pathways in the Context of Connected Vehicle Systems

This project focuses on one specific challenge: improving the security of data flow in VANETs (Vehicle Ad Hoc Networks). VANETs are used for vehicle to vehicle (V2V) and vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) communication. They represent a class of Mobile Ad Hoc Networks (MANETs), which are distributed, self-organizing communication networks built up from traveling vehicles. VANETs can be utilized for a broad range of safety and non-safety applications. This project will synthesize various attacks/threats that may be encountered by VANETs in the real world, and identify possible countermeasures to eliminate (or at least reduce the intensity of) such threats. The research team will highlight the limitations of current security measures and demonstrate a real-world application of a new security protocol that overcomes some of the limitations of existing security protocols.