Publication Date

Spring 4-20-2020


School of Engineering and Computational Sciences


Engineering: Computer


CAN Bus, Controller Area Network, Cybersecurity, Vehicle Security


Hardware Systems | Navigation, Guidance, Control, and Dynamics


The CAN bus is a multi-master network messaging protocol that is a standard across the vehicular industry to provide intra-vehicular communications. Electronics Control Units within vehicles use this network to exchange critical information to operate the car. With the advent of the internet nearly three decades ago, and an increasingly inter-connected world, it is vital that the security of the CAN bus be addressed and built up to withstand physical and non-physical intrusions with malicious intent. Specifically, this paper looks at the concept of node identifiers and how they allow the strengths of the CAN bus to shine while also increasing the level of security provided at the data-link level.