Uber security lead joins FASTR Automotive Security Consortium

FASTR, a nonprofit research consortium dedicated to automotive cybersecurity, 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 is 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 buses.
  • Delivery platforms and techniques for secure over-the-air updates.
  • Secure system and subsystem architectures for autonomy and supporting technologies.

“For too long automotive security has followed behind technical trends and innovations in the broader security space,” Thrift said.

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, and 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.

Source: FASTR