Automotive Cyber Security


Course name:Automotive Cyber Security
Instructor:Mirco Marchetti
Assistant:Dario Stabili
This is the website of the course "Automotive Cyber Security", for students of the Master's Degree "Advanced Automotive Electronic Engineering" (second year).

News and announcements

  • The lecture of October 21st, 2020 is canceled.

Main topics

  • Introduction to automotive cyber security
  • Architecture and vulnerabilities of in-vehicle cyber systems
  • Security issues of V2X communications
  • Discussion of known cyber attacks to modern vehicles
  • Design and implementation of secure vehicles
  • Current and future solutions for the detection of cyber attacks
  • Options and future perspective for the reaction to cyber attacks
  • Future perspectives and research efforts in the field of automotive cyber security


  • Tuesday 16.00 - 18.30
  • Wednesday 16.00 - 18.30
Lectures will be streamed through Google Meet. Real-time interaction with students (questions, clarifications, relevant discussions) is encouraged and highly appreciated. To join a lesson, click on this link (please be aware that the link might change between lectures).


There will be a final oral examination.

Next exams:
  • Dates to be defined.

Slides, readings, exercises

Available through this (password protected) link.


This course will not follow any textbook. A good read (that you can also download for free) is "The Car Hacker's Handbook", available here

Opportunities for Master's thesis

We are looking for Master's students interested in working on topics related to Automotive Cyber Security for they final thesis. A set of relevant and interesting topics is below:
  • Data fusion/verification/cross-check between information recevied from MASA smart cameras and data sensed by automotive sensors
  • Securing V2V communications based on DSRC protocol
  • Creation of an open automotive testbench and dataset (data gathering, labeling, manual reverse engineering)
  • Analysis and comparison of PKI solutions for V2I and V2V communications
  • Analysis and comparison of testbeds for automotive cybersecurity testing (at least PASTA and OCTANE, possibly others)
  • Experimenting with adversarial attacks against lane detection algorithms
  • Efficient solutions for checking compliance against automotive cybersecurity standards (SAE J3061, ISO 26262, ISO 21434)
  • Survey and test of open source DSRC implementations
If you have a different (but related) topic in mind that you would like to work on, let us know.