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FASTR adds Uber security lead as Technical Committee Chair

FASTRSM, 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.


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.

FASTR (Future of Automotive Security Technology Research) also announced two additional contributing members: Argus Cyber Security and RunSafe Security.

Founded by Aeris, Intel and Uber in 2016, FASTR seeks to accelerate automotive security by marshaling industry-wide collaboration on threat models, reference architectures, proofs of concept, code samples, white papers, best-known methods, etc. Such actionable applied and theoretical R&D is needed now to drive systematic coordination of cybersecurity across the entire automotive supply chain and ensure trust in the connected and autonomous vehicle of the future.

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