Vehicle Cybersecurity Test Engineer

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Vehicle Cybersecurity Test Engineer
Ford Motor Company

Job Description
Ford’s IT Cybersecurity 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.

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, develop requirements, test and validate advanced features and toolkits. We collaborate extensively within Ford and with external partners, thus we require exceptional communication and collaborative skills.

Work tasks span from use case development, through development of Proof-of-Concept solutions, vehicle integration and finally delivery of features and processes to the Product Development organization.

  • Development of security schematics, bench set ups and tools as needed
  • Experience in secure packaging concepts
  • Computer simulation tools and set up for test bed development
  • Assist with architecture process creation and product development security program creation
  • 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 required (conferences, regional team meetings, government/academia visits, etc.)

Basic Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • 3 years of security testing experience or CISSP

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Strong communication and analytical skills
  • Master's Degree
  • Ability to work independently, take follow-up on project deliverables, go above and beyond the task at hand
  • Strong wiring, electrical 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 as required
  • 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.

Candidates for positions within Ford Motor Company must be legally authorized to work in the United States on a permanent basis. Verification of employment eligibility will be required at time of hire. Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

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.