A few weeks ago, I submitted a post about cybersecurity in the automotive industry, specifically about Volkswagen’s foray into invested into cybersecurity for automotive computers. Earlier today, the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) suggested that automakers should “make shielding the electronic and computer systems of vehicles from hackers a priority, developing layers of protection that can secure a vehicle throughout its life.” These are not enforceable rules, but strong suggestions from one of the government institutions that are partially responsible for the creation of future regulations that will more strictly govern the automotive industry as a whole.
The NHTSA poses many potential security upgrades in their proposal, entitled “Cybersecurity Best Practices for Modern Vehicle.” Some of these suggestions are moves that manufacturers, like Volkswagen, are already putting into place. Most of the proposals made in the proposal are becoming standard operating procedure for automotive companies, while other suggestions are less likely to be taken into consideration. One proposal in question relates to the disclosure of proprietary information about critical components of electrical and data systems within vehicles. Jonathan Allen, acting executive director of the Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center, explained in an interview that this section of the industry is incredibly competitive and that companies will probably avoid disclosing this information until they are required to.
As I mentioned in my last post, the threat of automotive hacking, while still extremely small, is becoming an increasing threat. As companies begin to offer significant vehicle upgrades through wireless data links, much the same as Tesla has been over the past few years, the need for secure connections will continue to grow. Massachusetts Senator Ed Markey agrees with this sentiment and stated in an interview today that “if modern day cars are computers on wheels, we need mandatory standards, not voluntary guidance, to ensure that our vehicles cannot be hacked and lives and information put in danger.” I couldn’t agree more with this sentiment. As technology continues to impact our lives in increasingly different ways, the need for knowledgeable cyber security experts will continue to grow.
CSC (Computer Sciences Corporation) is hosting two FREE webinars on the topics of cyber security and Big Data. For those unfamiliar with CSC, the corporation is one of the biggest IT companies in the world. They employ over 72,000 people in over 70 countries across the world and currently have main offices located in Sweden, Denmark, and Norway.
The first online seminar is on Tuesday, March 10th, from 6-7 PM. The presenter of the seminar is Robert J. Carey. Mr. Carey worked for the Department of Defense for over 31 years and recently retired in March, 2014. Mr. Carey championed the ideas of enterprise computing, improved military mobile solutions, and advanced cyber security while working for the United States Navy. He currently holds the position of Vice President of Cyber Security at Computer Sciences Corporation.
The second online seminar offered is on Thursday, March 26th, from 6-7 PM. The presenter of this seminar is Hank Tseu. Mr. Tseu is the director and general manager of 42six. 42six develops big data and mobility software for CSC’s North American public sector. Mr. Tseu has over 15 years in the field applying cutting edge technology in mission critical environments in the areospace and defense industry.
To register for either (or both) webinars, simply click on the following link and fill in the following information:
Grant Thornton will be coming to RMU on Thursday, January 22nd to present on computing trends in their area, internships, and job opportunities.
Grant Thornton is the 5th largest CPA firm in the world, with over 6,000 employees, and has named RMU as an Academic Affiliate. They are looking for “Competitive Intelligence” interns and new graduates for their Pittsburgh office. Also, they will be looking for “Information Security” interns and recent grads for their Philadelphia office. For both areas, they are looking at undergraduates and Masters students.
The Information Technology Presentation will be held at the Wheatley Center Critique Room, and will follow this schedule:
Please come out to attend — you will not be overwhelmed or bored!
Each semester, the CIS Department brings a variety of companies and speakers to campus in order to provide Professional Information Technology presentations on computing trends, internships, and job opportunities. The faculty highly encourage all CIS department students, from freshmen to seniors and grad students, to attend these events. You will not be overwhelmed or bored.
The following Professional Information Technology Presentations have been scheduled so far for the spring semester:
Each Information Technology Presentation will be held at the Wheatley Center Critique Room, and will follow this schedule:
Save the dates! These sessions can be truly valuable and eye-opening to students at all levels.