KIRAS Security Research


Cyber Security for Transport Infrastructure- and Road Operators (CySiVuS)

In this project, we analyze cyber security aspects of a comprehensive road transport infrastructure system which will be more used intensively by interconnected cars in future, from the perspective of the road operators. The project partners will develop a reference architecture also taking the legal framework into account.

Cyber Security and privacy are major challenges for cooperative transport infrastructures and autonomously driving interconnected cars which rely on it. The cars need detailed data about the environment to generate a comprehensive overview of the current situation in real time to ensure their safe movement. The integrity of the data is a prerequisite for autonomous interconnected driving. Cyber security is not only necessary for efficient traffic management, cooperative functions and coordinative autonomy – successful attacks threaten human lives. Austria is a technology leader for cooperative transport structures and autonomous interconnected driving based-on them. Cyber security is essential to make these technologies available to society. 

The project CySiVuS (cyber security for transport infrastructure- and road operators) selects cyber security of the road transport infrastructure as a specific starting point for situation analysis. The existing and future structure of the road system as a critical infrastructure together with the digital infrastructure is analyzed and autonomous driving scenarios are collected. A threat catalogue for car and communication systems is the basis for a broadlybased risk analysis, in order to derive threat scenarios from practical use cases and develop cyber security countermeasures. A cyber-secure reference architecture to integrate existing and other technology innovations which will be developed in the near future forms the structural frame for upcoming developments. The reference architecture will be analyzed regarding its legal and social compliance and the impact on the stakeholders will be identified. At the end of the project, selected results will lead to a research demonstrator with real hardware. This will support awareness for the topic cyber security in cooperative transport infrastructures. 

In this project CySiVuS, all essential stakeholder groups for a future digital road transport infrastructure in Austria are involved as consortium partners or stakeholders, which ensures the interdisciplinary integration of the different perspectives of the stakeholders. Significant innovation aspects include more developed cyber security standards in the context of the changing legal framework, cyber security self-test when starting a car, and using physical characteristics of V2X communication. The project, as well as through the methods that are developed, improves on the technical state of the art from a technological and legal perspective.

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH (AIT) 

Autobahnen- und Schnellstraßen-Finanzierungs-Aktiengesellschaft vertreten durch ASFINAG Maut Service GmbH (ASFINAG)
Bundesministerium für Landesverteidigung und Sport, Abteilung Wissenschaft,  Forschung und Entwicklung (BMLVS)
Nokia Solutions and Networks Österreich GmbH (NOKIA)
Swarco Futurit Verkehrssignalsysteme Ges.m.b.H. (SWF)
T-Systems Austria GesmbH (TSA)
TÜV Austria Automotive GmbH (TÜV-A)
TÜV Trust IT TÜV Austria GmbH (TÜV-I)
Universität Wien, Arbeitsgruppe für Rechtsinformatik (UNIVIE)
Bundesministerium für Inneres, Büro 5.2 der Abteilung C4 Cybercrime Competence Center des Bundeskriminalamtes (BM.I) 

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH
Mag. Martin Latzenhofer
1220 Wien, Donau-City-Straße 1
Tel.: +43 / 50 550 - 4134