FASTR Automotive Security Consortium Adds Uber Security Lead as Technical Committee Chair | Business Wire

BEAVERTON, Ore.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–FASTRSM, a nonprofit research consortium dedicated to

automotive cybersecurity, today announced that Uber’s Hudson Thrift has

been appointed to chair the consortium’s Technical Steering Committee.

Thrift currently leads the infrastructure security team for Uber’s

Advanced Technologies Group, which most notably develops and deploys

connected cars and self-driving vehicles. He's a co-founder and former

COO of Kaprica Security, a mobile security company serving large

enterprise and government customers, which was acquired by Samsung

Electronics in 2016.

Thrift will guide FASTR’s dedicated initiative to deliver actionable

research that original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and others in the

automotive ecosystem can use to inform their design decisions with

security in mind. Immediate work groups for research include:

  • In-vehicle operating systems’ longevity and maintenance, anomaly

    detection and tooling for testing, analysis and future adoption of


  • Delivery platforms and techniques for secure over-the-air updates.

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  • Secure system and subsystem architectures for autonomy and supporting


“For too long automotive security has followed behind technical trends

and innovations in the broader security space,” Thrift said. “The

research FASTR supports will work to turn that relationship on its head

and empower security as not only an enabler. A driver of automotive


FASTR (Future of Automotive Security Technology Research) also today

announced two additional contributing members: Argus

Cyber Security, which provides comprehensive and proven solution

suites to protect connected cars and commercial vehicles against cyber

attacks. RunSafe

Security, Inc., the pioneer of a unique cyberhardening technology

designed to disrupt attackers and protect vulnerable embedded systems

and devices, including electronic control units (ECUs) and telematics

platforms on vehicles.

“We're happy to be joining forces with FASTR to promote automotive

cyber security research and solutions,” said Yoni Heilbronn, CMO of

Argus Cyber Security. “Industry collaborations such as the FASTR

automotive security consortium are vital to ensuring that the entire

vehicle supply chain accounts for the risks brought on by vehicle

connectivity and that it does what’s needed to protect motorists and

vehicles from cyber threats. We’re confident that teaming up with FASTR

will greatly contribute to this.”

“Our vision fits well with FASTR’s manifesto, as we work to disrupt the

traditional economics of cyber attacks, thereby significantly reducing

vulnerabilities so connected cars are protected cars and safety is

maintained,” said Joseph Saunders, CEO of RunSafe Security, Inc.

Founded by Aeris,


and Uber

in 2016, FASTR seeks to accelerate automotive security by marshalling

industry-wide collaboration on threat models, reference architectures,

proofs of concept, code samples, white papers, best-known methods, etc.

Such actionable applied and theoretical R&D is needed now to drive

systematic coordination of cybersecurity across the entire automotive

supply chain and insure trust in the connected and autonomous vehicle of

the future. To access the organization’s manifesto, visit

FASTR invites researchers from OEMs. Sharing-economy companies. Tier 1s

and 2s. Security, system-on-chip (SOC), hardware and software firms.

academia. Others to join its work. To become a member of FASTR and

get involved in a work group, go to


FASTR—Future of Automotive Security Technology Research—is a neutral

nonprofit automotive security research consortium working to deliver the

actionable applied and theoretical R&D needed now to drive systematic

coordination of cybersecurity across the entire supply chain and insure

trust in the connected and autonomous vehicle of the future. For more

information, please visit