Technical Webinar Series from the Editors of SAE: Cybersecurity for the Life of the Car

Available On Demand Until July 14, 2017

Connectivity is making cybersecurity a must-have obligation from initial designs through end of life. Automakers and suppliers have several unique challenges as they attempt to provide connectivity in vehicles that have burgeoning amounts of software that must remain secure and efficient over long vehicle lifetimes. Throughout the industry, there is a race to leverage safeguards used in other industries in ways that meet automotive safety and reliability requirements.

During this one-hour webinar, industry experts will address design, development, and implementation of security-critical cyber-physical vehicle systems; implementation strategies, process, and lifecycle management; and cybersecurity assurance verification and validation practices being implemented by members of SAE working groups. A number of tools will be employed, many using over the air (OTA) updating to fix vulnerabilities and adapt to changing threats.

An audience Q&A will follow the technical presentations.


Mike Ahmadi, Global Director, Critical Systems Security, Synopsys Software Integrity Group

Mike Ahmadi is the Global Director of Critical Systems Security for Synopsys Software Integrity Group. He serves on the technical steering committee for the ISA Security Compliance Institute, which manages and maintains the ISASecure certification program, and chairs the SAE TEVEES18A1 Cybersecurity Assurance Testing Task Force, whose goal is to create a consistent set of cybersecurity testing requirements for “connected” automotive vehicles and associated systems. Mike also serves as a U.S. expert for IEC TC65 Working Group 10 in developing the IEC 62443 series of Industrial Process Control cybersecurity standards, is an active member of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Industrial Control Systems Joint Working Group, and is part of the advisory board for the U.S. Secret Service Electronic Crimes Task Force.

Pankil Vyas, Senior Manager, Automotive Cybersecurity, HARMAN

Pankil Vyas is the Senior Manager of Cybersecurity at HARMAN. He has worked in cybersecurity for 20+ years and has extensive experience in creating security architecture for vehicle infotainment systems, enterprise data centers, and network security infrastructure, as well as mobile and telecommunications security. Pankil has designed complex security architecture for data loss prevention, secure mobile application development, and connected car services. He has also developed and taught IT security curriculum for Walsh College and Baker College in Michigan.

Craig Smith, Founder, Open Garages, and Author, Car Hacker’s Handbook

Craig Smith is the Founder of Open Garages, a distributed collective of performance tuners, mechanics, security researchers, and artists. He is also the author of the Car Hacker’s Handbook and runs a security consulting firm that specializes in automotive reverse engineering. Craig has developed many open source utilities to teach CAN bus to students as well as security penetration tools that can uncover vulnerabilities in vehicle and diagnostic systems. Craig has worked in the security field for more than 20 years with the last five years focused on automotive.


Billy Hurley, SAE International

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