Transportation technology has progressed by leaps and bounds in the past few years and more and more of the physical elements of surface transportation systems are now controlled via Internet connections. But with legitimate remote access comes malicious attempts to gain illegitimate control through cybersecurity breaches. If these attempts are successful, then whole transportation systems have the potential to be compromised.
A recent project by the Mineta Transportation Institute (MTI) at San Jose State University takes an in-depth look at this phenomenon. Specifically, it looks to address not only how to protect against cybersecurity attacks on surface transportation targets, but also what to do when they are successful. The main goal of this project is to create a holistic transportation cybersecurity management model that assigns responsibilities to each transportation department before, during, and after cybersecurity events.