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
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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
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,
in 2016, FASTR seeks to accelerate automotive security by marshaling
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 ensure trust in the connected and autonomous vehicle of
the future. To access the organization’s manifesto, visit https://fastr.org/about-us/what-is-fastr-a-manifesto/.
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 https://fastr.org/membership/.
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 ensure
trust in the connected and autonomous vehicle of the future. For more
information, please visit fastr.org.