Deploying Transportation Security Practices in State DOTs

NCHRP Research Report 930: Security 101: A Physical and Cybersecurity Primer for Transportation Agencies, will be published in 2019. This primer provides updated information about current effective practices associated with the evolving physical and cyber security mission in surface transportation. The main audience for Security 101 is transportation personnel without a security background whose work requires them to address, perform, or supervise security activities as part of their overall job responsibilities. Although the document is designed for those with minimal or no formal security training or experience, the primer is also a handy reference guide sufficiently detailed to be of use to security professionals. Translating the “what to do” from the primer to the real world (how to do it) is complex. Infrastructure planning, scoping, and design are essential to “designing-in” security. State departments of transportation (DOTs) vary in how they organize their activities. For example, many state DOTs share the role of security with other state agencies. This may include their State Homeland Security, Highway Patrol, and Offices of Emergency Management. Policies among these entities outline roles and responsibilities in addressing security policies. Some allocate federal security funds. Many state DOTs depend on their Highway Patrol and/or local law enforcement to carry out the investigative and enforcement portion of security needs for their infrastructure. The roles and responsibilities of all parties may be outlined in a document commonly referred to as “Joint Operations Policy.” Research is needed to develop a strategy and a suite of supporting products and activities for deploying transportation security practices in state DOTs. The objective of this research is to develop and support implementation of a comprehensive deployment and change management strategy for deploying transportation security practices in state DOTs. The project should leverage useful resources such as the security guidelines recommended in the Security 101 primer and related material. See Special Note F. The strategy should ensure the participation of other organizations involved in deploying security practices (e.g., emergency medical services, joint operation policies between DOTs and law enforcement) as well as the affected stakeholders (e.g., industries dependent on transportation services). Audiences for the security deployment strategy include state DOT executive managers, infrastructure planners and designers, field maintenance operations personnel, emergency managers, and security managers. Measurement of success will be the acceptance and implementation of the developed strategy in increasing security practices at the state DOTs. Strategies must include guidelines for state DOTs to address a broad spectrum of security programs and practices from the perspectives of facility-based security, infrastructure-based security, and event-based security, including building security awareness as part of organizational culture; developing and updating of security design standards in bridge and facilities manuals; addressing cybersecurity in a comprehensive manner; incorporating security considerations into the planning and design processes; tracking the use of security design standards by state DOTs; securing design documents through the design, bid, and construction process; and recommending organizational changes and improvements in organizational structures to support deployment of security strategies.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $698636
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-124

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

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

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Parker, Stephan

  • Performing Organizations:

    Critical Ops, LLC

    Westlake, OH  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Treboniak, Chelsea

  • Start Date: 20200122
  • Expected Completion Date: 20220721
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01672234
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-124
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Jun 18 2018 3:03PM