Virginia Governor | Governor McAuliffe Announces Initiative to Protect Against Cybersecurity Threats


On May 15, 2015, Governor Terry McAuliffe announced "the Commonwealth of Virginia is establishing a public-private working group to explore the technology needed to safeguard Virginia's citizens and public safety agencies from cybersecurity attacks targeting automobiles."

Governor McAuliffe goes on to say:

"High-tech systems now used in most automobiles are opening up potential new avenues for cyber attacks. Thanks to the continuing efforts of the Virginia Cyber Security Commission and Virginia Cyber Security Partnership, we have the opportunity to lead the nation in the establishment of safeguards protecting the vehicles of Virginia's 5.8 million licensed drivers."

 

As part of the public-private working group, Mission Secure is one of the private sector cybersecurity companies assisting in the efforts to secure automobiles from cyber attacks. In coordination with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology organization and the U.S. Department of Transportation's Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, the public-private working group includes the Virginia State Police, the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles, the University of Virginia, The MITRE Corporation, and private-sector cybersecurity companies.

The goals of this work group are to identify and resolve several critically important issues related to protecting Virginians' vehicles and the vehicle fleets operated by law enforcement agencies:

Identify low-cost technology that can be developed to assist law enforcement officers and investigators in determining if/when a vehicle or other mechanized equipment has fallen victim to a cyber attack.

Develop strategies for Virginia citizens and public safety personnel to identify and prevent cybersecurity threats targeting vehicles and other consumer devices.

Explore the economic development opportunities related to this specialized cybersecurity field within the Commonwealth.

"This initiative is not meant to alarm anyone," said Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security Brian Moran.

 

This release was originally posted on the Virginia Governor's website.