Unpacking AI and Cybersecurity for Mobility: The Standardization of Cybersecurity Practices

Sponsored by SAE International

Recorded on 03/22/2023
Posted in The Authority File

Episode 305

Safety is one of our top concerns when buying a car. As the vehicular industry grows more advanced, safety features like automatic braking, blind spot warning systems, and lane-keeping assist have entered the market. However, as helpful as these new technologies may be, they also highlight the complexity of modern vehicles and concerns over cybersecurity. Believe it or not, cars can be the targets of cyberattacks, too. So how has the mobility industry adopted cybersecurity protocols to keep our cars safe—beyond airbags and seatbelts?

In the third episode of this four-part series, Tim Weisenberger, Program Manager of Emerging Technologies at SAE International, explores the essential role of cybersecurity in the mobility industry. He explains how the industry has evolved to adopt robust cybersecurity protocols and SAE’s role in forging connections across the discipline. Further, Tim demonstrates that the unique nature of the mobility sector has encouraged the industry to prioritize cybersecurity, implementing a baked-in cyber approach to avoid potential fatalities and economic loss. Despite the growth in the maturity model standard in the past decade, Tim underscores the difficulty of standardizing cybersecurity policies, and points to solutions like problem definition, evaluation, and risk assessment.

About the guests:

Adrian Guan headshot. Adrian wears a striped blue and white collared shirt and black blazer/suit jacket.

Adrian Guan
Product Manager
SAE International

Adrian Guan, Product Manager at SAE International, leads SAE ground mobility programs in Artificial Intelligence. He stood up the SAE Ground Vehicle AI committee, designed SAE’s inaugural AI student competition, and helped develop SAE’s first AI training course. He was ISO/TC 204 Intelligent Transport Systems Committee Manager and Transportation Research Board Intelligent Transport Systems Committee Member from 2016 to 2022. Before joining SAE in 2017, Adrian conducted research in computer vision and vehicular communication, and performed technology assessments and market analyses for public, private, and nonprofit sectors. He holds master’s degrees in civil engineering and statistics from UC Berkeley, and a master’s in electrical engineering from Shanghai Jiaotong University.

Tim Weisenberger headshot. Tim wears a gray and white plaid collared shirt.

Tim Weisenberger
Program Manager of Emerging Technologies
SAE International

Tim Weisenberger is Program Manager of Emerging Technologies at SAE International. He leads SAE efforts in automotive cybersecurity and is integral to managing the SAE emerging technology portfolio including connectivity, automation, alternative fuels, and shared-use mobility. Tim championed and managed the development of the SAE EV Charging Ecosystem Public Key Infrastructure Platform in an industry-led project that includes 15 EV and EVSE developers, charging providers, and suppliers.

Tim is a thought leader and innovator in the mobility industry with over 35 years of professional experience in public, private, and non-profit sectors. He holds an MPA from Harvard Kennedy School of Government, an MBA from University of Illinois at Chicago, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology.

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