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Virginia Public-Private Research Project Eyes Tech to Secure Vehicle Systems

cybersecurityThe Virginia State Police, University of Virginia and Charlottesville-based Mission Secure have partnered on a public-private research project to develop countermeasures against hacks on physical systems such as vehicles, UVAToday reported May 18.

Katie McNally writes that the team will work to identify security vulnerabilities in modern vehicle systems and create technologies that will help the system continue being operational through an attack.

“Our goal is to help with this vulnerability assessment and testing and see what is potentially possible for forensics,” said Mission Secure CEO David Drescher.

McNally reports that Barry Horowitz, a member of the Virginia Cyber Security Commission and chairperson of U.Va.’s Department of Systems and Information Engineering, will provide leadership on the project.

According to the report, the team will use Mission Secure’s Secure Sentinel device to monitor physical systems for “illogical” behavior, correct said behavior and identify the cause.

Horowitz said the research project will also look into developing the most efficient way to notify the driver of potential vehicle issues.

The report noted that the project aims to help educate law enforcement personnel on the application of cybersecurity on physical systems as well as prepare the state for securing automated vehicles.

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