• As of  Aug. 1. Subject to change.

2nd Billington Automotive Cybersecurity Summit

7:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cobo Center – Detroit, MI

7:00 – 8:00 am

Networking in Exhibit Hall and Registration


8:00 – 8:05 am


  • Thomas K. Billington, Chairman and Founder, Billington CyberSecurity


8:05 – 8:35 am

Reclaiming our Cybersecurity in the Digital Age

  • Michael Chertoff, Fmr. Sec. of Homeland Security (2005-2009) and Executive Chairman, The Chertoff Group


8:35 – 8:55 am

Keynote: Cybersecurity–The Cornerstone of Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Safety

  • Dan Ammann, President, General Motors Company


8:55 – 9:25 am

Automotive Cybersecurity Executives Roundtable

The automotive industry will undergo greater change in the next five years than in the previous fifty, as General Motors CEO Mary Barra suggested during her keynote speech at the first Billington Automotive Cybersecurity Summit in 2016. During this roundtable, you will hear from a distinguished panel of automotive cybersecurity executives from leading OEMs who are charting that future.  A decade ago, many automotive companies treated cybersecurity as just another responsibility of the IT department. Today, an increasing number of leading automotive companies have added chief cybersecurity officers to their organizational chart with deep influence in the C-suite.


  • Sean Wessman, Americas Cyber Markets, Sectors and Business Development Leader, EY


  • Josh Davis, Chief Cybersecurity Officer & Vice President, Toyota Motor North America & Toyota Connected
  • Josh Jaffe, Global CISO, Daimler Financial Services


9:25 – 9:55 am

Break in Exhibit Hall


9:55 – 10:25 am

The Cyber Threat Landscape in the Automotive and Trucking Sector

What are the current and future cyber threats facing the auto and trucking sector? Where are these new threats coming from and what are the threat actors’ motivations? Could recent ransomware campaigns or other destructive malware attacks target cars and trucks? With a broad range of industry security vulnerabilities to worry about, where should precious resources be focused? Beyond the usual breaches of customer data and financial information, the auto sector must ensure passenger safety and system reliability while addressing diverse threats actors, including cyber criminals supported by nation states. During this panel, top cybersecurity experts from the public and private sectors will discuss the most pressing risks in vehicle security, and what the automotive industry should do about them.


  • Dan Lohrmann, Chief Security Officer (CSO) and Chief Strategist, Security Mentor, Inc.


  • Jason Bilnoski, Supervisory Special Agent, Detroit Field Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Larry Hilkene, Product Cybersecurity Director, Cummins
  • Jake Olcott, VP of Strategic Partnerships, BitSight
  • Brian Witten, Head of Advanced Technologies, Office of the CTO, Symantec


10:25 – 10:45 am

Is Cybersecurity Standing in the Way of Public Confidence?

  • Heidi King, Deputy Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)


10:45 – 11:10 am

Can Innovation and Safety Coexist?  Balancing Innovation, Safety, and Cybersecurity 

The auto sector is experiencing massive disruption and innovation ranging from autonomous vehicles to connected vehicles.  But how does the auto sector correctly balance the innovation and revenue objectives a company needs to succeed with the equally important safety and cybersecurity imperatives to keep drivers safe?  This fundamental tension has massive implications for the future of the auto sector.  On this panel, you will hear from innovators in the auto sector as well as from a key regulator.


  • Geoffrey Wood, Director, Business Development North America, Automotive Cybersecurity, HARMAN


  • Kristie PfosiAutomotive Cyber Security Senior Manager, Mitsubishi Electric Automotive America
  • Gregory Swinehart, Partner and Global Leader, Deloitte Risk and Financial Advisory, Deloitte & Touche LLP
  • Patrick Weldon, Director, Advanced Technology, Polaris Industries Inc.


11:10 – 11:40 am

Engaging the C-Suite: Cybersecurity as a Team Sport

This panel is off the record.

Building a strong cybersecurity operation is about more than overcoming the nefarious forces outside your organization. It’s also about looking inward to effectively engage your teammates, whether they work in IT, communications, legal, engineering or top management. Yet many companies struggle between the board of directors, the C-suite, and functional departments. In the automotive industry, there can also be struggles between automakers and their key partners, such as suppliers and dealers. The goal of this panel is to discuss best practices that can close these gaps and make cybersecurity a “team sport.”


  • Josh Knopp, Vice President and Information Security Officer, Enterprise Holdings, Inc.


  • Jay Leek, Managing Director, ClearSky Security
  • Brad Maiorino, Executive Vice President, Booz Allen Hamilton


11:40 am -12:45 pm

Lunch in Atrium


12:45 – 1:10 pm

FBI  Cyber Priorities – A Conversation

During this one-on-one conversation with a prominent journalist, Paul Abbate, FBI Associate Deputy Director (ADD), will discuss the bureau’s approach to cybersecurity investigations and the implications for the automotive sector. Prior to his role as ADD, Abbate was the senior-most FBI official in charge of cyber investigations worldwide.  In that role, he oversaw all criminal and cybersecurity investigations worldwide. A veteran of the FBI’s counterterrorism division, Abbate also held positions leading the bureau’s Detroit and Washington field offices between 2013 and 2017.


  • Rob Sloan, Cybersecurity Research Director, Wall Street Journal’s WSJ Pro


  • Paul Abbate, Associate Deputy Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation


1:10 – 1:35 pm

Fireside Chat – Cybersecurity on a Global Scale

When cybersecurity first emerged as a priority in the automotive industry, most manufacturers placed it within the organization it was protecting: IT. Today, the cyber challenge extends beyond your IT infrastructure—there’s also a need for cybersecurity across product, cloud, joint ventures, and manufacturing. Cybersecurity needs to protect the whole business, because attackers seek out the weakest link to create the entry point into your ecosystem. Tackling ecosystem-wide cybersecurity will look different for different organizations, but it is increasingly essential. Jeffrey Massimilla, Vice President, Global Cybersecurity, General Motors, will share his experience leading GM’s journey to integrate cyber capabilities across the entire organization. Invited to join him is John Felker, Director, , Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Felker will bring his insights learned from running the cyber threat integration center for the Department of Homeland Security and engaging with partners in both the public and private sectors, enabling them to prepare for, prevent and respond to advanced cyber threats. He manages the NCCIC’s day-to-day cybersecurity information sharing, incident response and coordination functions.  Joe White, Global Industry Editor, Autos, Reuters will lead this fireside chat you won’t want to miss.


  • Joe White, Global Automotive Industry Editor, Reuters – Detroit


  • John Felker, Director, National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, Dept. of Homeland Security
  • Jeffrey Massimilla, Vice President, Global Cybersecurity, General Motors Company


1:35 – 2:00 pm

Strengthening Every Link in the Automotive Supply Chain

A modern car has roughly 100 million lines of code. Automakers are responsible for the finished product, but they rely on contributions from hundreds of suppliers and grant access to thousands of franchised dealerships. Yet hackers do not see OEMs, suppliers, and dealers; they see a common attack surface. During this panel, cybersecurity experts will discuss ways to strengthen the entire automotive supply chain to resist security breaches.


  • Dr. André Weimerskirch, Vice President, Cybersecurity and Functional Safety, Lear Corporation


  • John Cotner, Security Architect – Automotive, NXP Semiconductors
  • Stacy Janes, Chief Security Architect, Irdeto
  • Michael Westra, Connected Vehicle Cyber Security Technical Manager, Ford Motor Company


2:00 – 2:40 pm

Information Sharing–Moving From Implementation to Breakthrough Execution in Auto Cybersecurity 

Even in the hyper-competitive automotive industry, a cyber-threat against one company is a cyber-threat against them all. This was the idea behind the Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center, or Auto-ISAC, which launched in January 2016 as the cybersecurity information hub of the North American automotive industry. During this session, panelists will discuss the successes and continued challenges that the automotive industry has encountered through information sharing.  Most importantly, how are Auto-ISAC members moving to deepen their situational awareness, building trust within the organization to enhance sharing, and working more closely in a highly competitive business environment.


  • Denis Cosgrove, Principal, Booz Allen Hamilton


  • Nat Beuse, Associate Administrator, Vehicle Safety Research, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
  • Mark Chernoby, Chief Technical Compliance Officer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V.
  • Faye Francy, Executive Director, Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC)
  • Jeff Stewart, Assistant Vice President, External & Legislative Affairs, Global Public Policy – Wireless, AT&T


2:40 – 3:05 pm

Break in Exhibit Hall


3:05 – 3:30 pm

The Future of Autonomous Vehicles and Cybersecurity

Autonomous is widely viewed as a key to the future of the auto and trucking sector.  But for autonomous to succeed, cybersecurity must be an essential requirement; and trust must be built that the autonomous future is cyber-secure.  What are the ways that OEMs and suppliers are building cybersecurity within tomorrow’s autonomous vehicles?  What opportunities and challenges still exist? How are researchers and coordinated vehicle disclosure programs structured to enhance the cybersecurity of tomorrow’s AVs.


  • Sharon Silke Carty, Editor, Shift


  • Tim Piastrelli, Director of Security, Cruise
  • Aaron Thompson, Director of ADAS Planning and Marketing, HARMAN
  • Jennifer Tisdale, Director of Connected Mobility and Infrastructure, GRIMM


3:30 – 3:50 pm

Congressional View on Auto Cybersecurity

In 2017, Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) co-introduced a bill called the American Vision for Safer Transportation through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies (AV START) Act. Its goal was to advance testing and development of self-driving vehicles to help the United States remain at the forefront of innovation. Sen. Peters was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2014 after three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He sits on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, which has jurisdiction over automotive safety standards.

  • The Honorable Gary Peters, U.S. Senate


3:50 – 4:00 pm

Award Presentation and Closing Remarks

  • Thomas K. Billington, Chairman and Founder, Billington CyberSecurity