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The KIRAS Study “Cyber Sicherheit für zukünftige Verkehrssysteme” focuses on cybersecurity of autonomous drive and cooperative-Intelligent transport system in Austria, in order to provide the stakeholders a structured and systematic overview and recommendation for cybersecurity in the transport domain.

Transport systems for people and freights are undergoing a fundamental transformation due to wide application of information and telecommunication technologies (ICT). Computers, IT and all types of communications are used in vehicle, between vehicles and between vehicles and road-side infrastructures for road, rail, water, and air transport to build Cooperative-Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS). Disruptive technologies such as autonomous car with belonging artificial intelligence will change our way of mobility and logistics. The technological, economic, social, and political impact is profound. 

As a part of the critical infrastructures, failures of transport systems will have devastating effect on critical sectors and people’s life at national and European level. The underlying ICT infrastructure such as C-ITS and cyber systems of autonomous car is a target of cyberattacks. Due to the increase in complexity, functionality and connectivity, modern and future transport systems have an increased vulnerability. The complex infrastructure is highly distributed and difficult to protect. Besides, new technologies also introduce new threats and risks, and more interdependencies. Thus cybersecurity and resilience must be considered across different types of transport systems.

As a first systematic approach to these concerns in Austria, CybSiVerkehr study will conduct an in-depth analysis of cybersecurity challenges facing Austria in the context of the global industrial and technological development. The study will research on existing development of C-ITS and autonomous car in order to identify specific challenges and their impact on Austrian society with respect to cybersecurity. The study will seek experts’ and stakeholders’ opinions on the identified issues and concerns covering both technical and societal aspects. A part of the study will be devoted to comprehensive recommendations to the stakeholders on how to prepare Austria and react to cybersecurity challenges future transport systems. The study will provide guidance on relevant topics including risk management, prevention, cyber situation awareness, legal and social readiness, and user privacy as well as how to position Austria at the front of transport system cybersecurity in EU.

Projekt coordinator:
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH

Donau Uni Krems (DUK)
Kuratorium Sicheres Österreich (KSÖ)
Bundesministerium für Landesverteidigung und Sport (BMVLS) 


AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Digital Safety and Security Department
Dr. Zhendong Ma
Donau-City-Straße 1, 1220 Wien
Tel.: +43/664/6207839