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CIRI connects with automakers at Auto-ISAC Cybersecurity Summit


Ashley Albrecht, CIRI

Increasing automotive connectivity, paired with rapid advancement in the realm of autonomous vehicles, necessitates the development of a resilient cybersecure motor vehicle ecosystem. For this reason, leaders from Ford Motor Company, Toyota Motor North America, Department of Homeland Security, and others from industry and government gathered for two days at the 2nd Auto-ISAC (Information Sharing & Analysis Center) Cybersecurity Summit to discuss current and future cybersecurity practices within the industry. Held in the
CIRI's booth at the summit
CIRI's booth at the summit
“Motor City” of Detroit, the summit consisted of guided talks, panels, and keynotes, with a focus on wide-scale adoption of the standardized NIST Cybersecurity Framework by the numerous Auto-ISAC members spanning the globe. 

Dr. David Nicol, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Director of the University of Illinois Information Trust Institute (ITI) and, Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute delivered a keynote on “Cyber-security and Information Sharing at ITI and CIRI.” Nicol extrapolated on the importance of standardization of the risk management process (via the Framework), as well as the means by which organizations can foster a resilient cyber culture. In addition, CIRI participated in the technology showcase, demonstrating the Dashboard, a tool that helps manufacturers understand their cyber risk.

Other keynote speakers included U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) and William R. Evanina, current Director of the National Counterintelligence and Security Center (NCSC). While the 2017 summit focused on brainstorming ways to begin addressing threats, this year’s summit tackled the best practices organizations ought to adopt to mitigate said threats to cybersecurity. 

Themes included: building a cybersecurity culture, vulnerability management, incident response, threat intelligence, and smart mobility implications.  “In the Fast Lane” - the summit’s overarching theme - captures the urgency by which issues of cybersecurity within the connected motor vehicle ecosystem must continue to be addressed.