Transportation electrification imposes special considerations and concerns for cybersecurity. These are in addition to widely discussed issues of connection security and vehicle-to-vehicle communication and control. The IEEE Transportation Electrification Community and the IEEE Standards Coordinating Committee on Transportation (SCC 42), with technical cooperation of the Center for Power Optimization of Electro-Thermal Systems, the Information Trust Institute at the University of Illinois, Howard University, and the IEEE-USA Committee on Transportation and Aerospace Policy, will sponsor this special one-day workshop followed by a full-day meeting of IEEE SCC 42. The event will address cybersecurity issues directly associated with more-electric transportation, including propulsion system cyber vulnerabilities, cyber issues linked to human error and software bugs, vulnerabilities of active safety systems, the challenges of “always on” large battery packs, vehicle-to-grid aspects, and others.
The outcomes of the discussion will provide immediate guidance and action items for IEEE SCC 42 and will lead to a published report providing guidance for near-term industry and government efforts directed at cybersecurity in transportation electrification.
Participants are invited to this workshop, and to the subsequent SCC 42 meeting, that are designed to raise awareness of cyber-related security challenges now emerging with the growth of electric and hybrid vehicles and the trend toward more-electric energy in all forms of transportation. The workshop seeks to gather a group of experts in power electronics, systems engineering, machines and drives, and cybersecurity of devices and infrastructure. Much of the past work on cybersecurity in transportation has emphasized vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication links. Although these challenges are widely discussed and unresolved, the challenges to be addressed by this workshop are different. Issues linked to rapid energy exchange and to electric propulsion are introduced even in vehicles with minimal communication interfaces. The workshop objectives are to establish key subject matter, identify gaps and technology challenges, and develop a working plan toward policy and standards activity that could help overcome or avoid cyber-based vulnerabilities. The agenda will include invited talks by leading experts on cybersecurity in physical systems, open discussion sessions, and talks by industry participants summarizing best practices. The workshop is intended to initiate one or more active working groups on this topic that will carry forward on policy aspects, recommended practices, and standards. This will be an interactive workshop.