Essay about Cyber Security And Transportation Systems

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Cyber-Security in Transportation
Technology in transportation can result in productivity gains, however a higher dependency on information technology also leads to greater exposure and potential of being a target for cyber-crimes such as denial of service, stealing of passenger private information and cyber terrorisms.
According to analysis for incidents from 2002-2004 transportation systems faced 16% of total cyber hackings and terrorisms on critical infrastructure (IEEE, 2007). Transportation information systems can face cyber-attacks on highway traffic controls systems, pipeline control systems, train control, and power/telecommunications.
What is RFID?
“RFID systems are relatively simple, consisting of readers and tags. Readers radiate a signal and receive responses from tags. Readers may operate in a number of frequencies.” There are two types of RFID tags, ones that are contactless and ones that are passive where the reader serves as power for the RFID tags. The most common RFID tags are smartcards which have a transponder or microchip which are capable of transmitting high frequency (HF) or ultrahigh frequency (UHF) to transmit data to readers. For more advanced RFID systems requiring authentication, a remote server is used as an interface between the reader and RFID transponders.
Examples of RFID in Transportation
There are many uses of RFID in the transportation industry. I few of those include weigh stations, our regional ORCA card, and protocols now being…

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