Saturday, January 14, 2017

OMB Approves FHWA V2I Guidance Document

Yesterday the OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) announced that it had approved an interim guidance document from the DOT’s Federal Highway Administration concerning vehicle to infrastructure (V2I) communications. This was not listed in the Fall 2016 Unified Agenda, but this is certainly part of the DOT’s ongoing intelligent transportation system program.

The FHWA published a draft of this document in 2014. That draft promised the development of a guide to V2I cybersecurity that would include:

“Provides deployers with: (1) an analysis of extensibility of security and trust systems to additional points of connection, including V2I, devices, backhaul, and others; (2) an analysis of additional risks from extensibility and cybersecurity; (3) an analysis of potential impacts to the existing transportation system/networks. It will also provide definitions of the organizational functions and processes for operating the security function, along with cost models for operations and maintenance.”

It will be interesting to see if that management speak is better presented in this new interim guidance document. More importantly, it would be helpful if the cybersecurity guidance was actually included in the upcoming document and not just mentioned as a future project.

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