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|Developing a Cyber Security Strategy to Protect Transportation Infrastructure|
|Department of Transportation|
|Los Angeles, CA|
“Developing a Cyber Security Strategy to Protect Transportation Infrastructure”
Los Angeles Department of Transportation
Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles pioneered traffic signal automation in the early 1980s in preparation for the Olympic Games, having deployed the largest Intelligent Vehicle-Highway System (IVHS) in its field to date. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation’s (LADOT) Automated Traffic Surveillance and Control Program (ATSAC) is believed to be the largest urban traffic control automation of its kind in the world and has endured for more than 30 years.
Transportation officials agree (and federal mandate requires) that it is time to modernize the system. LADOT would like to utilize rapidly evolving technology in Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) to update its system with the goal of boosting the capacity and flow of urban street infrastructure for people, cargo, vehicles and data. The department has been actively planning for this large infrastructure project and recently presented to City Council emphasizing that its traffic management system “must evolve into an innovation platform”. This is likely to involve connected and autonomous vehicles; data sharing; technology/software/mobile applications; and infrastructure investment. The plan envisions a future that requires its systems to be able to communicate back to vehicles in real-time to provide directions and ensure safety, and that allows vehicles to automatically adjust their speed to time the green lights so as to minimize stop-and-go traffic and reduce energy waste and greenhouse gas emissions.
However, alongside new technology enhancements come the very real threat of malicious hacking, similar to what was depicted in the 2003 movie The Italian Job , set in Los Angeles. Department officials have highlighted the need to protect the city and its residents from the threat of hacking by adopting machine learning and end-to-end encryption that secures the system from cyber hackings and other vulnerabilities. Los Angeles is at the forefront of this modernization effort and is being closely watched by federal agencies to evaluate LADOT’s pioneering leadership in the field as well as the very large business development potential of this endeavor.
It is a challenging and complex prospect to reconfigure a city’s transportation infrastructure. The Department staff must embrace a major new ITS development that involves technology still in the early stages of development as well as the engagement of many different cross-sector agencies, institutions and stakeholders. To support this work, LADOT will partner with FUSE Corps to host an executive-level Fellow for one year to create a comprehensive business plan to address the need for investment in cyber security that would help the city safeguard the its transportation system. This fellow will work with stakeholders to develop a roadmap that guides the way toward an actionable plan and helps the Department successfully implement the goals of this complex infrastructure project.
The following provides a general overview of the proposed fellowship project. This project summary and the potential deliverables that follow will be collaboratively revisited by the host agency, the Fellow, and FUSE staff during the first month of the project, after which a revised scope of work will be developed and agreed upon by the Fellow and the host agency.
Starting in October 2017, it is proposed the FUSE Fellow will begin his or her work with a review of the general cyber security requirements for an industrial control system that will include general frameworks, management control, safeguard requirements, incident response, and of any known and/or proposed regulatory constraints in all levels of governments. The fellow will develop a Cyber Security Improvement Plan that would correspond with the existing ATSAC IT infrastructure and network architecture and would align with the city’s CICC Unified Incident Response Plan.
The fellow will then work with department leaders and other stakeholders within the city to develop two or three potential business model scenarios addressing cyber security that will specify how the department can improve and enhance its traffic system, along with plans for implementation, specific timetables and budgets. The fellow will then engage with project stakeholders both inside and outside of government to evaluate the models and ultimately coalesce around a final plan of action.
It is hoped that the fellow’s efforts will focus on the development of an ATSAC Cyber Security Improvement Plan and the accompanying ATSAC Security Network Architecture, and that the Fellow will provide business expertise to city leaders on the implementation of both of the Plan and Architecture.
Click the link below to upload a resume and complete the online application questions in lieu of a cover letter. The application process will allow you to indicate interest in more than one fellowship opportunity. You only need to submit one application. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible, as selections will be made on a rolling basis and specific opportunities may close quickly.
This role offers the opportunity to work full time for 12 months as an independent contractor of FUSE Corps with an annual stipend of $90,000 paid through monthly installments.
The FUSE Fellowship is an equal opportunity program with a core value of incorporating diverse perspectives. We strongly encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply.