Automotive Cybersecurity for Automotive Technicians

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An advanced automotive technology course that introduces students to the potential threats of cyber-attacks on vehicles, especially connected and automated vehicles. Continue to the bottom of the page for the Resource Link.

This is an advanced automotive technology course that should be taken in the last semester of a two-year automotive technology associate degree program or towards the end of an advanced certificate program in current and emerging automotive technology electronic systems.

The basics of cybersecurity threat models, high risk attack areas of vehicles, classes of attacks, and protecting vehicles from attacks are introduced. Standards and protocols related to automotive cybersecurity will be covered. Cybersecurity methods and penetration testing for vehicles will also be presented. Attacking connected vehicles will be discussed by reviewing vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications and wireless access protocols, such as IEEE 1609. Potential attacks on automated vehicles will be described.

The course materials are suitable for community college students in automotive advanced certificate and/or associate degree programs students. The materials may also be adapted for use in the training of incumbent workers.

The course materials are suitable for community college students in automotive advanced certificate and/or associate degree programs students. The materials may also be adapted for use in the training of incumbent workers. This course is designed to be a 3-credit course that will meet over a period of 15-16 weeks. In this format, it will consist of 2 meetings per week of 2 hours per meeting. Other formats are possible, such as a duration of 8 week with 8 hours of meeting time per week.

The course materials include a comprehensive course syllabus with the course outline and learning outcomes, a course roadmap showing where in the course the learning outcomes are covered, lecture handouts in Microsoft PowerPoint, homework assignments, quizzes, experiments, and course projects.

1. Basic electricity/electronics theory and/or automotive electronics basics
2. Basic knowledge of the operation of traditional vehicle systems:
brakes, suspension and steering, drivetrain, engine, engine electrical, emission controls,
fuel and exhaust systems, environmental systems, etc.

Student Learning Outcomes:
1. Understand potential cybersecurity threats for automotive;
2. Identify areas in cars with the highest risk components;
3. Understand the current threat modeling and identification in automotive industry;
4. Understand the basics of threat rating systems for cybersecurity of cars;
5. Become familiar with the various types of bus protocols and communication in vehicles;
6. Understand the concept of diagnostics/logging with security considerations;
7. Became familiar with important ISO and SAE standards from cybersecurity point of view and
    the roll of various organizations in the development and evolution of these standards;
8. Understand the basic concepts of automotive electronics and ECU from cybersecurity point of view;
9. Became familiar with ECU hacking and the roles of software and firmware in the hacking process;
10. Understand various methods of attacking vehicles;
11. Be familiar with classes of attack vectors in the current automotive industry;
12. Understand the fundamental principles of protocols and standards related to attacking vehicles;
13. Understand the In-vehicle infotainment (IVI) system
14. Became familiar with several remote attacking methods
15. Become familiar with the concepts and standards for defining frameworks in-regards to cybersecurity of vehicles;
16. Understand the fundamentals of attacking connected/automated vehicles;
17. Become familiar with basics of V2V and V2I communication technology;
18. Became familiar with important standards and protocols regarding wireless access in automotive vehicles;
19. Understand the potential attacks on automated vehicles;
20. Become familiar with cybersecurity protection methods;
21. Understand penetration testing and related methods;
22. Demonstrate effective communication and teamwork skills through technical presentations and reports in course lab projects.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1801150. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
Connected and Automated Vehicles
Integration, Networking, and Communications
Product Lifecycle:
Pre-production: Research, Design, Development, Testing, and Tooling
Resource Type:
Kettering University
Author & Title:
Professor Mehrdad Zadeh, Ph.D.
Date Developed:
Thursday, August 15, 2019
Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS),autonomous,connected,electronics,cybersecurity,data,education,IoT,mobility,technicians,transportation,workforce,Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I),Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V),transportation,workforce
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