Cybersecurity of Traffic Management Systems

The objective of the research is to develop guidance for state and local transportation agencies on mitigating the risks from cyber-attacks on the field side of traffic management systems (including traffic signal systems, intelligent transportation systems, vehicle-to-infrastructure systems (V2I), and closed-circuit television systems) and, secondarily, on informing the agency’s response to an attack. The guidance will address the vulnerability of field devices (e.g., traffic signal controllers and cabinets, dynamic message signs, V2I roadside units, weigh-in-motion systems, road-weather information systems, remote processing and sensing units, and other IP-addressable devices), field communications networks, and field-to-center communications. It will not address vulnerabilities within a traffic management center, within center-to-center communications, or due to insider risk (accidental or intentional). It is anticipated that the guidance will take the form of a web-based deliverable that uses a guided risk-based decision tree (similar to a capability maturity model) to identify the most relevant content for a user. The users will range from small, local agencies with limited risks and limited capabilities to those with substantial traffic management systems and more resources available to protect them. If a viable approach and host for the implementation and maintenance (including updating content and addressing emerging technologies) of this type of product is not found, a traditional NCHRP document will be produced. NCHRP has begun discussions with the National Operations Center of Excellence as a possible host but they should not be contacted by proposers regarding this effort.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $750000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 03-127

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Derr, B

  • Performing Organizations:

    Southwest Research Institute

    6220 Culebra Road, P.O. Drawer 28510
    San Antonio, TX  United States  78228-0510
  • Principal Investigators:

    Abbott, Ben

  • Start Date: 20170816
  • Expected Completion Date: 20191015
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 41302

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01618809
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 03-127
  • Files: TRB, RiP
  • Created Date: Dec 16 2016 1:00AM