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Automotive Vehicle Cybersecurity Collaboration Event (CE)

Washington, DC


HSWERX, in collaboration with the DHS Science and Technology Directorate, will host a Collaboration Event (CE) to identify needs and define requirements for Vehicle Cybersecurity Analysis. During this open forum, participants from government, industry, academia, and national laboratories will ideate on specific challenge areas and develop potential paths forward with actionable plans for implementation.  


DHS is seeking a solution that will allow its operators in the field to quickly and easily scan vehicles for abnormal Electronic Control Unit (ECU) firmware and rogue devices on Controller Area Network (CAN) buses to ensure the operational integrity of the vehicle. 


DHS is looking for validated technologies and processes (e.g., training, CONOPS) that would allow operators to diagnose and mitigate cybersecurity vulnerabilities in the vehicle fleet and respond to any anticipated/current cyber-physical threats against the vehicle fleet. The solution should allow operators to:  

  • Identify rogue devices or faulty firmware on the vehicle that could pose a threat to the vehicle/vehicle fleet
  • Turn off any systems that would allow adversaries to access vehicle systems remotely
  • Defend against and counter adversary-led attacks against vehicles in the fleet
  • Enable parametric analysis to show the impact of risks to the vehicle fleet
  • Complete pre- and post-mission tasks to ensure vehicle safety and train operators in vehicle cybersecurity best practices

Why You Should Participate

The Collaboration Event (CE) is designed to provide insights to ensure that potential industry partners understand the problem set(s) fully and to increase the likelihood of matching their technologies with end user needs. This CE is also an opportunity for attendees to meet and form partnerships that may provide a more comprehensive solution.

Following the Collaboration Event, a subsequent Assessment Event (AE) may be initiated to analyze innovative solutions.  

July 12, 2023

HSWERX will host the Collaboration Event (CE) with industry, academic, and laboratory partners focused on DHS needs. During this event, government end users will interact with potential solution providers and further communicate operational needs and desirements.

Tentative Agenda
All times listed are in ET  
08:00 – 08:20:  Participants arrive at Industrious   
08:20 – 08:25: DWX Welcome   
08:25 – 08:45: Stakeholder Overview & Problem Set   
08:45 – 09:45:  Current Limitations Breakout   
09:45 – 10:00: Break   
10:00 – 11:00: Ways to Overcome Limitations Breakout   
11:00 – 12:00: Lunch (on your own)   
12:00 – 02:30: Problem Statement Development   
02:30 – 02:45:  Break   
02:45 – 03:45: Problem Statement Briefs   
03:45 – 04:30:  Voting   
04:30 – 05:00: Path Forward 

Note: Agenda is subject to change

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Event Summary

HSWERX, in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Technology Transfer & Commercialization Branch (T2C), hosted a Collaboration Event (CE) centered around Vehicle Cybersecurity Analysis.

Event Outcomes

  • Participants were divided into 7 groups to discuss vehicle cybersecurity challenges
  • 188 challenges and ways to overcome were identified
  • The groups developed 16 problem statements which were prioritized to help stakeholders build assessment criteria for the follow-on Assessment Event (AE)

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