ITS America calls for stronger cybersecurity to protect transportation system

CEO testifies in front of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee

July 23, 2021 / 1 minute read
cybersecurity

ITS America President & CEO Shailen Bhatt this week called for a more robust national transportation cybersecurity strategy to make the U.S. transportation system safer.

The association said ensuring transportation agencies meet certain marks determined by the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Center for Internet Security is key to maintaining safety for the nation's transportation system.

Bhatt, testifying in front of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee’s “Addressing Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Facing Our Nation’s Physical Infrastructure” hearing, recommended the following:

  • Provide state, local, and other transportation agencies funding at up to 100% federal share, technical assistance, and best practices to improve their cyber defenses.
  • Set up a DOT grant program to help rural transportation agencies and areas of persistent poverty or income inequality modernize intelligent transportation systems.
  • Reimburse transportation entities that have been proactive and used state, local, or other funding sources to modernize ITS and improve cyber defenses.
  • Allow flexibility in how transportation funds are used to invest in future cybersecurity workforce capacity.

“We fund safety programs up to 100% federal share—we should give cybersecurity the same level of support,” Bhatt said in a statement. “State and local transportation agencies need resources to shore up their infrastructure.”

Bhatt pointed out that when smart devices were introduced into transportation, state and local transportation agencies began to modernize their technologies and overlayed their physical infrastructure with a digital layer.

“While advances have made the transportation system more connected than ever, this connectivity brings increased cyber risks—and these risks have the potential to threaten the economy, and people’s lives," Bhatt said. “This is a critical opportunity. If we provide the necessary resources, we can level the playing field and create a more safe and secure transportation network.”

-------------

SOURCE: ITS America

Related Articles

Traffic signals are among the most popular targets of hacking in fiction. In a number of movies, TV shows and video games, traffic signals are…
May 08, 2019
Vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications are emerging for next-generation vehicles in surface transportation…
December 03, 2018
Labor's Legacy in downtown Detroit, honoring the city's 300th anniversary in 2001.
Labor's Legacy in downtown Detroit, honoring the city's 300th anniversary in 2001.
Once again, I missed more than I got to experience, but nonetheless there was much of interest. (Side note: Two members of the ITSA board visited the…
June 07, 2018
Sacramento transit system hit by hackers
Sacramento transit system hit by hackers
The Sacramento Regional Transit (SacRT) system fell victim this past weekend to computer hackers. The hackers erased data and are now threatening to…
November 22, 2017
expand_less