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Round Table on Intelligent Transport Systems and Cyber Security

Held in the framework of the 33rd Session of the UNECE Working Party on Transport Trends and Economics (WP.5)

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15h00-15h10 – Welcoming Remarks

  • Mr. Konstantinos Alexopoulos, Chief, Transport Facilitation and Economics Section, UNECE Sustainable Transport Division
  • Mrs. Eni Gjergji, Economic Adviser, Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities, OSCE Secretariat

15h10-15h30 – Mr. François E. Guichard, Secretary of the Working Party on Automated/ Autonomous and Connected Vehicles, UNECE Sustainable Transport Division

15h30-15h45 – Mr. Rosen Naydenov, European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA)

15h45-16h00 – Dr. Darren Handley, Co-Chair of the GRVA Informal Working Group on Cyber Security and Over-The-Air Issues, Head of Office, Department for Transport, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 

16h00-16h15 – Dr. Gundbert Scherf, Partner, McKinsey & Company, Germany

16h15-16h30 – Dr. Guido Gluschke, Director, Institute for Security and Safety (ISS), Brandenburg University

16h30 – Round table wrap up & conclusions


International terrorism and transnational organized crime pose serious threats to the transport sector and to our common safety and security. In recent years, ruthless terrorist attacks have made headlines by targeting inland transport in several countries of the UNECE region with tragic results.  Many unsuccessful attempts have not made the headlines. Inland transport systems are faced with a complex range of security risks, including all kinds of trafficking, cyber threats posed to digitalised/ automated transport systems, illegal border crossings, and the theft of vehicles and high-value goods. Although air and maritime ports are also targets, inland transport is believed to be the least protected link in the global supply chain.  In response to these challenges, since 2010 the UNECE, with the support of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and other partners, has regularly organised Inland Transport Security Discussion Forum meetings which gather public and private sector representatives to address current issues in the field.


This 1,5 hour round table, co-organized by the secretariats of the UNECE and OSCE will take stock of the various types of cyber threats experienced by the inland transport sector in view of enhanced inter-connectivity, automation and digitalization processes.  Keynote speakers will shed light on these challenges from different perspectives.  The speakers will provide a general overview of the cyber security risks affecting the inland transport sector, they will present the work already done at UNECE in the field of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) especially in relation to road vehicles.  The deliberations of this expert round table and recommendations put forward will be reflected in the report of the 33rd WP.5 session, including a list of possible follow-up actions by UNECE and partner organizations. 



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