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Cyber Security in Transport


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Whether the vehicle is in the air, on the ground or on the sea the data command control is the key aspect that brings all the transport related areas together in cyber security.

Date and Time

06 December 2018 - 09:30-16:00


Birmingham, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Joint Event.
Contact Sabera Sattar at SaberaSattar@theiet.org for more information.

About this event

Whether the vehicle is in the air, on the ground or on the sea the data command and control is the key aspect that brings all the transport related areas together in cyber security. Hear from key speakers from Automotive & Road Transport systems, Railway, Aerospace and Marine and what is happening to address these issues.

The transport industry is undergoing a technological revolution driven by technological advances such as wireless communications, smart devices, Open Data, the Internet of Things and more recently connectivity, Big Data, autonomy and Artificial Intelligence (AI). Driverless cars are on the horizon and the Internet of Things is being developed throughout our current transport infrastructure. However, these technologies pose some significant issues, particularly in the area of cyber security.

The way we move people and goods around the globe is undergoing a radical change. The scope of potential attacks is set to increase significantly and the transport industry needs to get to grips with this.


09.30 Registration and refreshments

10.00 Welcome and Introduction: Event Chair, John Walker Automotive & Road Transport systems TPN

10.05 Growth, modernisation and legacy - a perfect storm for transport cyber security: Dr Martin Hawley, Aviation Consultant

10.25 Security Challenges in Vehicle-to-Vehicle Communications. Research in Vehicular Communications: Mujahid Muhammad, Birmingham City University, Cybersecurity Research Group

10.45 Future Mobility Security - A Highway to Hell: James Gleaves, Transport Futures, ITS

11.15 Refreshments and networking

11.30 Automotive & Road Transport systems functional safety and cyber security: David Ward, Horiba-MIRA

12.00 Cyber security in autonomous systems: Professor Paul Théron, PhD, runs the Atkins-Cranfield Chair of cyber-secure engineering systems and processes, Head of the Manufacturing Informatics Centre within Cranfield’s School of Aerospace, Transport & Manufacturing

12.30 Morning Panel Q&A

12.45 Lunch

13.45 Railway - moving toward a security aware culture: Dale Gillibrand, Siemens plc

14.15 Navigational risks for e-Navigation in maritime domain: Michele Fiorini, Project Engineering Manager for Leonardo s.p.a. in Rome, Italy

14.45 Refreshments and networking

15.10 Transport Cyber Security at DfT: David Henderson, Rail Cyber Security Lead - Department for Transport

15.40 Panel discussion: Put questions to our expert panel of speakers and share solutions with your peers.

15.55 Closing Remarks: John Easton, University of Birmingham and Railway TPN

16.00 Close

Reasons to attend

  • Learn the from the experts
  • Networking and information sharing with like-minded people

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£5 - Student
£40 - Member
£60 - Non Member

All delegate prices are per person and subject to VAT at 20%.

Additional information



John Walker (photo)  

John Walker, IETs Automotive & Road Transport Systems TPN

John is a member of the Executive Team of the IET’s Automotive and Road Transport Technical and Professional Network, and of its Berkshire Network; he has organised and chaired international seminars on Road Pricing and on Managed Motorways for the IET.

John is the editor of three books: “Mobile Information Systems” (1990) and “Advances in Mobile Information Systems” (1998), both published by Artech House, and "Road Pricing: Technologies, economics and acceptability" published by the IET in February 2018. He is Editor-in-Chief of the IET book Series on “Transportation”. John is currently an independent consultant, a Visiting Senior Research Fellow in the Transportation Research Group at Southampton University, and Honorary Secretary of the Road User Charging Interest Group of ITS(UK).

His professional interests have included solid state physics, software engineering, artificial intelligence, and mobile communications, but are now centered on Intelligent Transport Systems, especially road pricing and congestion charging.

David Ward (photo)  

David Ward, Horiba-MIRA

One of the big topics in road transport now is the move towards self-driving cars – known as “autonomous” vehicles.
Driving support and autonomy are often touted as improving efficiency and safety of road transport, however they do bring their own unique safety concerns. One area of interest is the “functional safety” of such systems. Specifically, in automotive, it is concerned with helping avoid the incorrect functioning of an electronic system that could impact on the overall safety of the vehicle.

As functional safety will play a large part in ensuring robust autonomous systems, standards such as ISO 26262 will need to address autonomy.

In summary, we are on the road to making fully autonomous vehicles a reality, and while ISO 26262 sets out the basis on which such systems will be developed, there is more work to do to extend its concepts to deal with such vehicles’ unique safety requirements.

Michele Fiorini (photo)  

Michele Fiorini, Project Engineering Manager for Leonardo s.p.a. in Rome, Italy

Global shipping and the movement of goods by sea have seen substantial changes during the last decades, in terms of both the sheer number and dimensions of ships in an increasingly interconnected global economy. Drone ships are upon us. Harbour tug, ferry and even autonomous oceangoing cargo ships are expected to navigate our seas in a decade or less according to same optimistic forecasts. Are these realistic expectations or just commercials? Are we at the beginning of a new disruptive innovation with new player enter the market such as Uber, Spotify and Airbnb did in other sectors?

The target identification process coupled with Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) and Decision Support (DS) tools will allow to rise warning issues and to spot anomalous behaviours or raising security warning as appropriate. Holistic considerations will tune the technical and scientific framework and set the features for next generation -autonomous going- vessels bridge.

Martin Hawley  

Martin Hawley, Aviation Consultant

Martin has over 20 years' experience as an aviation consultant, mostly in air traffic management (ATM) and airport operations. His experience in cyber security comes from supporting EUROCONTROL in developing and applying security management methodology, including under the EU’s SESAR Programme to modernise air traffic control, and in testing Eurocae guidance on aeronautical information systems security.

His experience in working on ‘design-in security’ with operational and engineering experts led him to take on the role of Editor of a forthcoming IET book on ‘Cyber Security in Transport Systems’.

Martin is particularly interested in the potential of collaboration in cyber security within and between organisations and he has been developing concepts and tools with the Australian Cyber Security Network.

Dale Gillibrand  

Dale Gillibrand, Siemens plc

A Specialist Engineer at the Siemens Rail Automation division in Ashby de la Zouch, Dale is a member of the Architecture group and is involved in performing security assessments and training others to undertake them.

Introducing security processes into existing engineering and business processes can be challenging from both a technical and cultural perspective.

This presentation looks at our experience and some lessons learned so far.


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