Legendary hackers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek talk cybersecurity and autonomous vehicles at TC Sessions: Mobility 2022 – TechCrunch

Security researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek rocked the auto industry in 2015 by remotely hacking into a Jeep Cherokee conducted by Wired reporter, and volunteer participant, Andy Greenberg. The notorious hack caused Fiat Chrysler, Jeep’s parent company, to recall 1.4 million vehicles and pay $105 million in fines to the National Administration of Highway Traffic and Safety.

The warning may have been a wake-up call for the industry, but it hasn’t slowed the rise of the connected car.

Today, the “connected car” is commonplace and offers a long list of driver and passenger services, from internet connectivity and vehicle monitoring to safety warnings and the ability to purchase goods and services. services on the go. And it’s also crept beyond the passenger vehicle into the emerging autonomous vehicle industry.

It is perhaps unsurprising that automotive cyberattacks have increased in frequency – up to more than 225% in 2021compared to 2018. It is a trend that has caused a boon in the automotive cybersecurity market, which is expected to reach $5.3 billion in 2026.

That’s why we’re thrilled to announce that Miller and Valasek – undisputed industry leaders who both hold top security roles at GM’s self-driving vehicle subsidiary, Cruise – will join us on stage at TC sessions: Mobility 2022 to discuss the dynamic and rapidly evolving field of automotive cybersecurity. The two-day event is scheduled for May 18-19 in San Mateo, Calif., and will feature the brightest minds building and investing in the future of transportation.

A prominent security engineer, Miller — who Foreign Policy called “one of the most technically savvy hackers on Earth” — designs and implements cybersecurity features for the company’s self-driving vehicles.

Prior to joining Cruise, Miller served as a hacker at the National Security Agency, and he consulted and worked for the computer security teams of Twitter, Uber ATG and Didi Chuxing.

As Director of Security Engineering at Cruise, Valasek oversees vehicle, infrastructure and application security. He also has extensive experience in reverse engineering and operations research. Prior to joining Cruise, Valasek served as Chief Safety Officer at Uber and earlier as Director of Vehicle Safety Research at IOActive.

Don’t miss a wide-ranging conversation on the road that took Miller and Valasek from that Jeep Cherokee to Cruise, what needs to happen before the public trusts driverless vehicles, the kind of threats they see, industry trends and what they’ve learned since 2015.

TC sessions: Mobility 2022 breaks the hype and goes beyond the headlines to discover how the merging of technology and transportation will affect a wide range of industries, cities, and the people who work and live there. Sign up today before prices go up on April 1!

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