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Chris Valasek to headline 3rd Annual Automotive Cyber Security Summit
Uber's professional hacker to demonstrate cybersecurity vulnerabilities in vehicles

DETROIT, Jan. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Uber's Security Lead and professional hacker, Chris Valasek, will speak at the 3rd Annual Automotive Cyber Security Summit, on March 21-23 in Detroit. He will outline the next steps for OEM and Tier 1 companies in standardizing cyber security mitigation.

Uber hired Valasek in August 2015 to jumpstart its driverless car project, after Valasek and his partner, Charlie Miller, remotely hacked a Jeep Cherokee mid-drive. In addition, Valasek and Miller made headline news in 2013 when they were able to hack into a Ford and Toyota through the vehicle's diagnostic port.

"…I think that vehicle manufacturers now need to accept that software security is now part of their practice and it should be done from the design and architecture points and implementation points, so you have the ability to update the cars as well. It needs to be accepted as a whole within the organization to make sure we have more secure cars," said Chris Valasek (Automotive IQ).

Increased connectivity, and the rise in autonomous automobiles, have made cyber threats more prevalent and expose vehicles to multiple risks. The need to protect and secure these vulnerable entry points is a major priority for automotive manufacturers.

Valasek will speak to these points and on the current state of automotive attacks and protections at the 3rd Annual Automotive Cyber Security Summit. He will demonstrate how hacks into electronic control units result in severe consequences on vehicle behavior.

Chris Valasek will be joined by several other comparable experts who will discuss best practices, strategies and solutions to combat cyber threats, from companies such as: General Motors, Magna International, Ford, Lear, Magneti Marelli, Harman, Robert Bosch, Symantec and many more. For more information, visit

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