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Developing Tomorrow’s Cybersecurity Experts


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The field of automotive cybersecurity is barely five years old, so there are next to no “experts” on the subject.

That’s why Michigan and the Michigan Economic Development Corp. have launched two programs to define what’s needed to attract and develop tomorrow’s cybersecurity experts, says Karl Heimer, MEDC’s senior technology advisor on cybersecurity.

The complexities of defending a car’s software from hackers are daunting. Heimer notes that the avionics used by the world’s most advanced fighter jet, the F-22, run on less than 2 million lines of software code. A typical laptop computer uses roughly 20 million lines of coding. But a modern luxury car requires at least  200 million lines.