Blueprint for Cybersecurity Tops Seminar Agenda

Automotive organisations are set to benefit from an insight into the latest developments in cybersecurity as the MIRA Technology Institute gets set to launch a new series of industry seminars.

Paul Wooderson

Paul Wooderson, Cybersecurity Principal Engineer, who heads up the Cybersecurity team at HORIBA MIRA, is set to discuss the development of industry standards for protecting connected and autonomous vehicles against cyber-attack at the seminar on Wednesday 18 March 2020 which is due to be held at the MTI’s campus on the MIRA Technology Park near Nuneaton.

Lisa Bingley, MTI Director of Operations said,

“We’re looking forward to welcoming Paul to the first in our series of seminars designed to provide cutting-edge insights on a range of topical industry issues. We are used to thinking of cybersecurity in terms of data breaches affecting privacy or making an adverse financial impact, but increasingly, as vehicles become more connected and autonomous, threats to software may now present a risk to life and health.

“Paul has been working at a high level to explore and recommend practices that provide manufacturers with the building blocks to minimise risk in the development, production, operation and decommissioning of autonomous and connected vehicles. Paul will provide an introduction to cybersecurity, discuss the challenges that it presents within an engineering discipline, and highlight some of the ways in which HORIBA MIRA is helping customers to address the challenges of smart mobility.”

Paul Wooderson is a Chartered Engineer with 18 years’ experience in embedded systems security in the automotive and smartcard domains. He leads the Cybersecurity team as part of HORIBA MIRA’s Vehicle Resilience (VRES) department and is a nominated UK expert to the international ISO and UN working groups developing new standards and regulations for cybersecurity engineering and software updates for road vehicles. Paul also led the 5StarS consortium, which recently completed a UK government funded collaborative project to develop an assurance framework and consumer rating system for vehicle cybersecurity.

The MTI is the result of a unique collaboration led by North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College, and its partners, HORIBA MIRA, Coventry University, the University of Leicester, and Loughborough University. Built with £9.5m investment from the UK Government’s Growth Fund via the Leicester and Leicester Enterprise Partnership (LLEP), the MTI is a specialist facility designed specifically to train the next generation of engineers in the latest automotive technology. The MTI is helping to create specialist skills in some of the new disruptive technology areas including electrification and driverless cars.

Since it first opened its doors in 2018, the MTI has welcomed over 5,500 students and delegates. This includes over 360 studying for accredited qualifications from a Level 1 Institute of the Motor Industry certificate up to Masters’ degrees, and nearly 200 following apprenticeships at all levels.

The MTI is due to launch a new degree level engineering apprenticeship this year and has already seen more than 3,000 automotive professionals take part in professional development activities.

Marion Plant, OBE FCGI, Chair of the MTI Operations Board, and Principal and Chief Executive North Warwickshire and South Leicestershire College said,

“We’re delighted to start the year with the launch of a new seminar programme which will provide a platform for some fantastic and knowledgeable speakers and we look forward to seeing industry representatives at our campus next month and throughout the year ahead.”

For more details on the cybersecurity seminar and to book your place please call 02476 935680 or email [email protected]. Future topics will include connected and autonomous vehicles and the Apprenticeship Levy.


*News release courtesy of MIRA Technology Institute