Women at the Annual Auto-ISAC Cybersecurity Summit

The second annual Auto-ISAC Summit welcomed a maturing global auto cybersecurity industry with 313 attendees representing 132 companies. Interestingly, 14 percent of those participating were women of the automotive cybersecurity industry whose roles include: presidents, vice presidents, analysts, threat intelligence directors, CISOs and director and managers of regulatory affairs.

The two-day member developed program was a comprehensive assessment by members, elected and government officials, industry experts and academia into the key issues impacting the auto cybersecurity sector addressing four quadrants:

Cybersecurity Legislative Policy Landscape: Participants were provided updates about the state of the cybersecurity legislative policy landscape impacting smart, connected and autonomous vehicles, privacy and cybersecurity.

Vulnerability Management and Incident Response: This section illustrated how Auto-ISAC members share vulnerabilities and respond to an incident while maintaining anonymity and collaborating across the industry.

Cyber Culture and Building an Organization: Attendees heard how to best build and staff a cyber organization and how to fill the pipeline and how academia and companies are working together to develop the future workforce for the industry. A program currently operating, The Global Future Workforce Program, demonstrated using students, ranging from high school, college and professional apprentices, how the industry is developing the next generation of cybersecurity specialists who will fill critical positions within the global auto industry.

Threat Intelligence: This section focused on the in-depth analysis of potential computer and network security threats to an organization. It was discussed that the goal is anticipating and defending against attacks rather than just reacting and that it is essential for professionals working to minimize threats to collaborate with each other and the broader industry to build resiliency across the global automotive industry.

As a compliment to the program content above, there were numerous keynote speakers from government and industry including:

  • Senator Gary Peters (MI)
  • Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI 12th)
  • Derek Kan, DOT
  • Heidi King, NHTSA
  • Bill Evanina, National Counterintelligence and Security Center
  • Kathleen Nuccetelli, Office of Infrastructure Protection, DHS
  • Amy Chu, Harman
  • Ang Cui, Red Balloon Security
  • Jeff Shiner, Micron Technology
  • Ami Dotan, Karamba Security
  • Karl Heimer, Founder CyberAuto Challenge
  • Mike McConnell, Former Director of NSA, DNI and Booz Allen Hamilton Sr. Executive Advisor
  • David Nicol, DHS Critical Infrastructure Institute, University of Illinois
  • Sandip Ranjhan, Harman
  • Timo van Roermund, NXP
  • Shigeru Uehara, Toyota, Chairman Japan Auto-ISAC

The Auto-ISAC Summit is an annual event open to its members, partners and stakeholders of the auto cybersecurity industry.

The Auto-ISAC was established in 2015, when Global Automakers, Auto Alliance and 14 automakers joined forces to build this global community to foster collaboration that creates a safe, efficient, secure and resilient connected vehicle ecosystem.