Resilience in Automotive Intrusion Detection Systems

3 pm CT, August 8, 2018 

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The security of every vehicle using the roadway transportation system is necessary to ensure the safety of every person on or near roadways, whether a motorist, bicyclist, or pedestrian. Features such as infotainment, telematics, and driver assistance greatly increase the complexity of vehicles: top-of- the-line cars contain over 200 computers and 100 million lines of software code. With rising complexity comes rising costs to ensure safety and security. This talk discusses the capabilities of remotely launched cyber attacks against a moving automobile, identifies challenges inherent in responding to those attacks in a manner that ensures resilient operation of the vehicle and the safety of humans in close proximity to it, and explores emerging methods to improve vehicular security through in-vehicle network intrusion detection systems (IDS).


Gerard BloomDr. Gedare Bloom is an assistant professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Howard University where he directs the Embedded Systems Security Lab. His research expertise is computer system security with particular focus on real-time embedded systems that have measurable lifetimes in decades. The techniques he applies to solve problems along the hardware-software interface range from computer architecture, computer security, cryptography, operating systems, and real-time analysis.

He is also a maintainer for the RTEMS open-source hard real-time OS, which is used in robotics frameworks, unmanned vehicles, satellites and space probes, automotive, defense, building automation, medical devices, industrial controllers, and more. His current research projects include fail-operational methodologies for automotive intrusion detection systems and systemic approaches for building trustworthy distributed control systems with predictable real-time behavior. Dr. Bloom is working on integrative efforts to combine research and education in the subdiscipline of critical infrastructure resilience with the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI), which is a DHS S&T Center of Excellence at the University of Illinois.