Job Description Ford’s Research and Advanced Engineering organization 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.
Technology is advancing, connection mechanisms are growing, and consumers and hackers are becoming more sophisticated. With increasing networking between modules and access points into the vehicle, the attack surface has increased thereby opening up 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 exploring the role of advanced embedded computing platforms, coupled with cloud-based services, to deliver applications which 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 ideal candidate will have outstanding security design analytical skills and the ability to work in a fast-paced, collaborative environment. We are looking for exceptionally creative, motivated and talented Cyber Security engineers to join our team to evaluate and develop advanced features, toolkits and consult on security related architectures. We collaborate extensively within Ford and with external partners, thus we require exceptional communication and collaborative skills.
Work tasks span from the early research and development stages of ideation, experience and use case development, through development of Proof-of-Concept solutions, vehicle integration and finally delivery of features and processes to the Product Development organization.
Build and utilize computer simulation tools and set up for test bed for development
Develop and utilize formal architecture models
Develop and utilize compositional verification tools and architecture-based assurance case methodologies
Develop and utilize code synthesis tools to generate build code
Assist with architecture process creation and product development security program creation
Synthesize vehicle control code, models, and properties from specifications
Generate safe low level-code in a scalable way by creating embedded domain-specific languages that can be used in automotive
Explore and Promote Formally verified OS kernels
Synthesis OS components and automated proofs and generate requirements from them.
Support major product programs/new features with security needs
Collaborate on Advanced Engineering projects with outside partners in academia, government, or internal Ford teams
Assist Product Development in proof-of-concepts with new features and technology related to security
Experience with Security Testing/Evaluation Tools
Experience with Formal Methods or Common Criteria
Development of security requirement and design validation methodologies (DVM).
Research technologies and security benchmarking data gathering
Limited traveling (conferences, regional team meetings, government/academia visits, etc.
2+ years in research / simulation / modeling / requirements development.
Masters or higher in Computer Information / Cybersecurity / Electrical, Mathematics / Computer Engineering / Computer Science with Cybersecurity Experience highly preferred
Strong analytical skills
Strong oral and written communication skills
Ability to work independently, take follow-up on project deliverables, go above and beyond the task at hand
Strong mathematical and formal logic methodology experience, electrical principle knowledge and simulation tool experience
Understanding of architecture, development, design principals a plus
Understanding and experience in embedded and/or automotive systems
Work well in a small team and be flexible enough to work on any aspect of the project as needed
Ability to develop and maintain technical documentation
Familiarity with in-vehicle network architecture, modules, and protocols (CAN etc.)
Electrical or System Engineering background will be a plus for module-related work
Conceptual understanding of security methodologies and challenges
The distance between imagination and … creation. It can be measured in years of innovation, or in moments of brilliance. When you join the Ford team discover all the benefits, rewards and development opportunities you’d expect from a diverse global leader. You’ll become part of a team that is already leading the way, with ingenious solutions and attainable products – and it is always ready to go further.
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Ford Motor Company is 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.