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Auto-ISAC names executive director

Michael Martinez
The Detroit News

The Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center — an industry group formed last year to develop ways to prevent cyber security attacks on vehicles — on Wednesday named Faye Francy as its first executive director.

Francy will oversee the organization’s day-to-day operations, including its information sharing processes, threat intelligence capabilities and the continued development of vehicle cybersecurity best practices, the group said in a statement. Most recently, Francy served as executive director of the Aviation-ISAC and previously led the Boeing Commercial Airplanes Cyber ONE engineering team.

“In less than a year, Auto-ISAC has made great strides to improve the auto industry’s collective cyber security posture,” Auto-ISAC Chairman Tom Stricker, of Toyota, said in a statement. “With Faye’s leadership, past ISAC experience, and extensive cyber security knowledge, we will continue driving the industry forward to keep pace with the evolving cyber landscape.”

Francy is taking over for Jon Allen, a principal/director at consulting and technology firm Booz Allen Hamilton. He was serving as the group’s acting executive director.

“Automotive manufacturers and suppliers have taken many proactive steps to further enhance vehicle cybersecurity — none more important than the creation of the Auto-ISAC,” Francy said in a statement. “I am thrilled to join the Auto-ISAC as they continue to thrive as the hub of cybersecurity collaboration and coordination across the automotive industry.”

The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and the Association of Global Automakers formed the ISAC in July 2015. It began to share intelligence reports in December and became fully operational in January, executives said.

Automakers involved in the Auto-ISAC include General Motors Co., BMW, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Hyundai Motor Co., Kia Motor Co., Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan, Subaru and Volkswagen AG.


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