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Vehicle Cybersecurity

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The Vehicle Security Laboratory at Oak Ridge National Laboratory's National Transportation Research Center brings together cyber experts and award-winning software analysis tools with vehicle and manufacturing researchers.   

The Vehicle Security Laboratory offers a suite of capabilities to assess cyber vulnerabilities while vehicles are in operation. It includes a full vehicle dynamometer with specialized scanning equipment (CAN communications analysis and ECU calibration tools) in a space with signal isolation, ensuring data integrity.

Hyperion, a tool developed by Prowell and a team from ORNL’s Cyber Warfare Research group, is one such tool. Hyperion was honored by R&D Magazine as one of the top innovations of 2015. The tool leapfrogs past current technologies that search only for known cyber threats; instead, Hyperion analyzes code for all the possible behaviors the code might initiate, reading those behaviors without triggering them. This powerful approach to assessing cyber vulnerabilities employs precise mathematics to uncover the intent buried in the code and eliminate threats proactively.

Other capabilities include: Prototyping, malware discovery, large-scale data analysis, vehicle security assessment for current and future vehicles, anti-temper and encryption devices, authentication and privacy protections, reverse engineering embedded systems, and vehicle-based credential generation.