Jeep Hacking & the Security of Things: Flight 2017

Jeep Hackers Join FLIGHT 2017

In less than a month, FLIGHT 2017Black Duck's user conference, will return to the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center in Boston, Massachusetts. We're delighted to announce that notorious Jeep hackers Chris Valasek and Dr. Charlie Miller will take the stage as keynote speakers. They'll address the future of the security of things, and the challenges and opportunities we'll face as machine learning, autonomous vehicles, big data and the Internet of Things converge to build products and services.  

Chris Valasek and Dr. Charlie Miller made headlines in 2015 by remotely hacking a Jeep Cherokee from more than ten miles away. With a driver (voluntarily) behind the wheel, the hacking duo adjusted the temperature, blared music from the infotainment center, and finally cut the transmission. As the Jeep came to a screeching halt, the roadmap of the automotive industry was changed forever. The exhibition of the seriously vulnerable code in this supposedly “safe” vehicle highlighted the need for new protective measures within the automotive industry.

After demonstrating the Jeep hack, Valasek worked as a security lead in Uber’s Advanced Technology Group. He's currently a principal autonomous vehicle security architect at Cruise Automation, the GM subsidiary focused on the development of fully autonomous vehicles. His thoughts regarding security will change your entire viewpoint of potential vulnerabilities faced by all verticals in our increasingly digital world.

Dr. Miller, along with Valasek, worked at Uber in the Autonomous Vehicle Security department as a senior engineer. He currently works as a principal autonomous vehicle security architect at Cruise Automation. He's also head of the autonomous vehicle security division at Didi Chuxing, the largest ride sharing company in the world. regards Dr. Miller as "one of the most technically proficient hackers on Earth." I've heard great things about presentations from both Valasek and Miller, and I'm looking forward to learning (maybe too much!) about Jeep hacking in their keynote at FLIGHT 2017.

This year at FLIGHT, both Valasek and Miller will draw on their automotive industry experience to provide an insight on the future of IoT and share real-world solutions for protecting companies and their consumers against cyberattacks. Don’t miss them at FLIGHT 2017 — register today!  

Join us in Boston November 7th through 9th to connect with business and technical peers focused on the same open source opportunities and challenges you face. Over the next couple of weeks, we'll provide more information about each of the tracks we're focusing on at FLIGHT 2017: Security, DevOps, Legal & Compliance, and Research & Development.

Check out slides from FLIGHT 2017 today.

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