Day 3 Keynote (October 30th)

Detecting Intrusion in connected vehicles

Lotfi Ben Othmane, Assistant Teaching Professor Iowa State Unviersity


Dr. Lotfi ben Othmane is Teaching Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and is leading the Engineering Secure Smart Cyber-Physical Systems Lab at Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa. Previously, he was a Research Scientist and then Head of the Secure Software Engineering department at Fraunhofer SIT, Germany. Dr. Ben Othmane received his Ph.D. from Western Michigan University (WMU), USA, in 2010; the M.S. in computer science from University of Sherbrooke, Canada, in 2000; and the B.S  in information systems from University of Economics and Management of Sfax, Tunisia, in 1995. He works on software security for cyber-physical systems.  Dr. Ben Othmane is an IEEE Cybersecurity Ambassador.


On newer vehicles, Electronic Control Units (ECUs) communicate using in-vehicle networks to control their behaviors. Several Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) applications that communicate with the in-vehicle network have been proposed and implemented to improve drivers experience and road safety, including fleet management systems, cooperative adaptive cruise control, and autonomous cars. Exploiting these applications could potentially allow injecting messages into the vehicle network to control its behavior. We discuss in this talk the injection of messages into the in-vehicle networks. Then,  we report about the results of a security analysis of a vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) device. We discuss afterwards the techniques that we developed to detect injection of speed and RPM readings messages in the in-vehicle network.