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Stakeholder Invitation for the ATC Cybersecurity Project

By Nicola Tavares posted 05-17-2022 02:49 PM


The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Joint Program Office (JPO) is sponsoring a new project to help address cybersecurity issues in the US transportation infrastructure. The project is called the Advanced Transportation Controller (ATC) Cybersecurity Project. It is supported by the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO), the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE), the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), and SAE International.


The primary purpose of the project is to identify and address cybersecurity needs in the ATC family of standards made up of the ATC 5201 Controller Standard, the ATC 5401 Application Programming Interface (API) Standard, and the ATC 5301 Cabinet Standard. It is expected that many of the issues addressed will also apply to other ITS standards and specifications. The primary deliverable of  the project will be the development of a Cybersecurity Standard.


In order to accomplish this, a broad base of stakeholders representing both the private and the public sectors is needed to provide input, review draft project deliverables, provide comments, and be a resource of expertise for the project team. The development of the standard will follow a consensus-based systems engineering process that will produce a concept of operations with user needs identified, requirements, and design details for the standard. At each phase, there will be a walkthrough reviews with the stakeholders. It is anticipated that there could be up to fifteen web-enabled meetings over the course of the project through March 2024. You do not need to be an expert in the ATC standards to contribute.


Stakeholders in the cybersecurity of transportation field equipment are invited including:

  • Traffic operations (especially field equipment)
  • Traffic control equipment (familiarity with ATC standards is ideal)
  • Cybersecurity (systems, devices, communications, information technology)
  • Transportation field applications (in use today and expected in the near future)
  • Automotive industry (manufacturers, suppliers, vehicle-infrastructure applications)
  • Data and services (providers of roadway data, metadata, and services that are based on roadway information)


To participate in this project, please email as follows:


Subject:               ATC Cybersecurity Stakeholder


Project progress and updates will be found here: