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DHS and DOT Collaborate to Develop Guidelines on Federal Fleet Telematics Security

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The Department of Homeland Security‘s Science and Technology Directorate has collaborated with the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center of the Transportation Department to provide an introductory text on cybersecurity for vehicle telematics for federal fleet managers.

DHS said Tuesday the Telematics Cybersecurity Primer for Agencies will support the security of vehicles of federal agencies such as the CBP and the FBI, the military and federal and state law enforcement organizations.

The primer provides a guide on the protection of telematics communications and device firmware, actions and integrity through security approaches that include access control, assessments and authorizations, and penetration tests.

S&T and the Volpe Center’s guide text also includes requirements under the Federal Information Security Management Act and procurement language for telematics cybersecurity for the General Services Administration and fleet managers.

The primer also cites applicable security controls from the Special Publication 800-53 Security and Privacy Controls for Federal Information Systems and Organizations of the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

DOT’s Volpe Center and the CERT Division of the Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute tested the cybersecurity of devices for vehicle telematics for the development of the primer.

Executive Order 13693 Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade that was issued in March 2015 required the collection of the operations data of federal vehicle fleets through telematics that can connect to wireless and internet communications.

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