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In-Vehicle Cyber Security Engineer

Company: Ford Motor Company
Location: Topeka
Posted on: March 17, 2023

Job Description:

At Ford Motor Company, we believe freedom of movement drives human progress. We also believe in providing you with the freedom to define and realize your dreams. With our incredible plans for the future of mobility, we have a wide variety of opportunities for you to accelerate your career potential as you help us define tomorrow's transportation.
As a key member of our Information Technology group, you'll play a critical part in shaping the future of mobility. If you're looking for the chance to leverage advanced technology to redefine the transportation landscape, enhance the customer experience, and improve people's lives, this is the opportunity for you. Join us and challenge your expertise and analytical skills to help create vehicles that are as smart as you are.
Ford is broadening its core competency within the area of Embedded Cyber Security in the automotive environment. We are both researching and reviewing new enterprise-wide features and technologies, as well as providing frameworks, processes, and tools to help the research.
What you'll be able to do:
Technology is advancing, connection mechanisms are growing, and consumers and hackers are becoming more sophisticated. With increasing networking between modules and access points in the vehicle, the attack surface has increased thereby opening new potential vulnerabilities.
Automobiles are no longer mere mechanical devices but are controlled by dozens of digital computers coordinated by internal networks. While all this technology has allowed for better-personalized experiences, seamless integration into a person's lifestyle, differential services, predictive diagnostics, and safer driving conditions, the increase in complexity drives the need for advanced security and data solutions.
We are expanding the role of advanced embedded computing platforms, coupled with cloud-based services, to deliver applications that will redefine the experience of owning, maintaining, driving, and interacting with Ford Motor Company vehicles. Security needs to be built into each of these growing technologies.
The In-Vehicle Cybersecurity Engineer will act as the technical lead designing security for our vehicles. Engineers will evaluate, critique, and drive secure designs from concept to implementation. In-Vehicle Cybersecurity Engineers identify new methods of securing our technologies from drafting specifications to executing testing.
Engineers need to be able to understand and evaluate the risk for in-vehicle systems. Recognizing and accommodating the limitations of embedded in-vehicle systems is essential. Engineers are expected to take ownership of assignments including developing an in-depth understanding of the technologies under review, working to close security gaps and mitigate identified vulnerabilities, and report out to security management. Over time, Engineers will grow to become subject matter experts acting to develop and mature security controls and features in the vehicle.
Other responsibilities include:

  • ECU and Vehicle level solution and process integration

  • Interface with cross-functional teams on technical issues related to cybersecurity

  • Develop and maintain security requirements and design validation methodologies (DVM)

  • Develop and maintain technical documentation as required

  • Provide training and consulting to internal Ford function teams

  • Conduct a threat model to identify the vulnerabilities to vehicles

  • Perform risk analysis so that appropriate countermeasures can be developed

  • Support major product programs/new features with security needs

  • Some traveling will be required (launch support, conferences, regional team meetings, government/academia visits, etc.)

    The Minimum Qualifications we seek:

    • Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, or a related field

    • 3+ years of experience with embedded and/or automotive systems

    • 2+ years of experience with in-vehicle network architecture, modules, and protocols (CAN, etc.)

      The Preferred Qualifications we seek:

      • Master's Degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Software Engineering, or a related field

      • Experience with SecOC

      • Experience with AUTOSAR

      • Experience with system engineering, development, and testing

      • Conceptual understanding of security methodologies and challenges

      • 1+ years of professional Security experience or security focus as part of a degree program

      • Understanding of system-level architecture, development, design principals

      • Experience verifying vulnerabilities and weaknesses in system design

      • Experience applying security fundamentals (such as Cryptography, keying, PKI, TLS)

      • Experience with IOT security

        What you'll receive in return:
        As part of the Ford family, you'll enjoy excellent compensation and a comprehensive benefits package that includes generous PTO, retirement, savings, and stock investment plans, incentive compensation, and much more. You'll also experience exciting opportunities for professional and personal growth and recognition.
        Candidates for positions with Ford Motor Company must be legally authorized to work in the United States. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at the time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.
        We are an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a culturally diverse workforce. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability status, or protected veteran status.
        For information on Ford's salary and benefits, please visit:
        At Ford, the health and safety of our employees is our top priority. Vaccination has been proven to play a critical role in combatting COVID-19. As a result, Ford has made the decision to require U.S. salaried employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless employees require an accommodation for religious or medical reasons. Being fully vaccinated means that an individual is at least two weeks past their final dose of an authorized COVID-19 vaccine regimen. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination or anapproved medical or religious exemption.
        Requisition ID : 5161

Keywords: Ford Motor Company, Topeka , In-Vehicle Cyber Security Engineer, Engineering , Topeka, Kansas

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