As of  June 21. Subject to change.

2nd Billington Automotive Cybersecurity Summit

7:00 am – 4:00 pm

Cobo Center – Detroit, MI

7:00 – 8:00 am

Networking in Exhibit Hall and Registration

8:00 – 8:10 am


  • Thomas K. Billington, Chairman and Founder, Billington CyberSecurity

8:10 – 8:30 am

Opening Remarks

  • TBD

8:30 – 8:45 am

Keynote: Cybersecurity–The Cornerstone of Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Safety

  • Daniel Ammann, President, General Motors Company

8:45 – 9:15 am

Automotive Cybersecurity Executives Roundtable

The automotive industry will undergo greater change in the next five years than in the previous fifty, as General Motors CEO Mary Barra suggested during her keynote speech at the first Billington Automotive Cybersecurity Summit in 2016. During this roundtable, you will hear from a distinguished panel of automotive cybersecurity executives from leading OEMs who are charting that future.  A decade ago, many automotive companies treated cybersecurity as just another responsibility of the IT department. Today, an increasing number of leading automotive companies have added chief cybersecurity officers to their organizational chart with deep influence in the C-suite.


  • Sean Wessman, Principal and Cybersecurity Leader for Automotive & Transportation, Ernst & Young


  • Josh Davis, Chief Cybersecurity Officer & Vice President, Toyota Motor North America & Toyota Connected

9:15 – 9:45 am


9:45 – 10:15 am

The Cyber Threat Landscape in the Automotive and Trucking Sector

What are the current and future cyber threats facing the auto and trucking sector? Where are these new threats coming from and what are the threat actors’ motivations? Could recent ransomware campaigns or other destructive malware attacks target cars and trucks? With a broad range of industry security vulnerabilities to worry about, where should precious resources be focused? Beyond the usual breaches of customer data and financial information, the auto sector must ensure passenger safety and system reliability while addressing diverse threats actors, including cyber criminals supported by nation states. During this panel, top cybersecurity experts from the public and private sectors will discuss the most pressing risks in vehicle security, and what the automotive industry should do about them.


  • Dan Lohrmann, Chief Security Officer (CSO) and Chief Strategist, Security Mentor, Inc.


  • Jason Bilnoski, Supervisory Special Agent, Detroit Field Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
  • Larry Hilkene, Product Cybersecurity Director, Cummins
  • Brian Witten, Head of Advanced Technologies, Office of the CTO, Symantec

10:15 – 10:25 am


  • Heidi King, Deputy Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

10:25 – 11:00 am

Navigating the Rules of the Road —  Regulators & Standards at the Federal and State Level

Who will write the rules of the road in automotive cybersecurity? All industries are bound by the FTC’s consumer protection rules, but cyber risks in motor vehicles also fall under the NHTSA’s safety regulations and voluntary industry standards from SAE International and other bodies. Cybersecurity is also the “next frontier of state regulation,” as an analyst from the National Governors Association recently described. At this session, panelists from FTC, NHTSA, SAE, and a state regulator will discuss the regulatory landscape to help industry leaders understand how the rules of the road may evolve in the years ahead.


  • Heidi King, Deputy Administrator, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

11:00 – 11:30 am

Engaging the C-Suite: Cybersecurity as a Team Sport

Building a strong cybersecurity operation is about more than overcoming the nefarious forces outside your organization. It’s also about looking inward to effectively engage your teammates, whether they work in IT, communications, legal, engineering or top management. Yet many companies struggle with what McKinsey calls “trust gaps” between the board of directors, the C-suite, and functional departments. In the automotive industry, there can also be trust gaps between automakers and their key partners, such as suppliers and dealers. The goal of this panel is to discuss best practices that can close these gaps and make cybersecurity a “team sport.”

11:30 – 11:45 am


11:45 am -12:45 pm

Lunch in Atrium

12:45 – 1:15 pm

FBI  Cyber Priorities – A Conversation

During this one-on-one conversation with a prominent journalist, Paul Abbate, FBI Associate Deputy Director (ADD), will discuss the bureau’s approach to cybersecurity investigations and the implications for the automotive sector. Prior to his role as ADD, Abbate was the senior-most FBI official in charge of cyber investigations worldwide.  In that role, he oversaw all criminal and cybersecurity investigations worldwide. A veteran of the FBI’s counterterrorism division, Abbate also held positions leading the bureau’s Detroit and Washington field offices between 2013 and 2017.

  • Paul Abbate, Associate Deputy Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation

1:15 – 1:35 pm

Fireside Chat – Cybersecurity on a Global Scale

When cybersecurity first emerged as a priority in the automotive industry, most manufacturers placed it within the organization it was protecting: IT. Today, the cyber challenge extends beyond your IT infrastructure—there’s also a need for cybersecurity across product, cloud, joint ventures, and manufacturing. Cybersecurity needs to protect the whole business, because attackers seek out the weakest link to create the entry point into your ecosystem. Tackling ecosystem-wide cybersecurity will look different for different organizations, but it is increasingly essential. Jeffrey Massimilla, Vice President, Global Cybersecurity, General Motors, will share his experience leading GM’s journey to integrate cyber capabilities across the entire organization. Invited to join him is John Felker, Director, , Department of Homeland Security. Mr. Felker will bring his insights learned from running the cyber threat integration center for the Department of Homeland Security and engaging with partners in both the public and private sectors, enabling them to prepare for, prevent and respond to advanced cyber threats. He manages the NCCIC’s day-to-day cybersecurity information sharing, incident response and coordination functions.  Joe White, Global Industry Editor, Autos, Reuters will lead this fireside chat you won’t want to miss.


  • Joe White, Global Automotive Industry Editor, Reuters – Detroit


  • Jeffrey Massimilla, Vice President, Global Cybersecurity, General Motors Company
  • John Felker, Director, National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center, Dept. of Homeland Security

1:35 – 2:00 pm

Strengthening Every Link in the Automotive Supply Chain

A modern car has roughly 100 million lines of code. Automakers are responsible for the finished product, but they rely on contributions from hundreds of suppliers and grant access to thousands of franchised dealerships. Yet hackers do not see OEMs, suppliers, and dealers; they see a common attack surface. During this panel, cybersecurity experts will discuss ways to strengthen the entire automotive supply chain to resist security breaches.

  • Dr. André Weimerskirch, Vice President, Cybersecurity and Functional Safety, Lear Corporation
  • Michael Westra, Connected Vehicle Cyber Security Technical Manager, Ford Motor Company
  • Stacy Janes, Chief Security Architect, Irdeto
  • John Cotner, Security Architect – Automotive, NXP Semiconductors

2:00 – 2:30 pm

Information Sharing–Moving From Implementation to Breakthrough Execution in Auto Cybersecurity 

Even in the hyper-competitive automotive industry, a cyber-threat against one company is a cyber-threat against them all. This was the idea behind the Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center, or Auto-ISAC, which launched in January 2016 as the cybersecurity information hub of the North American automotive industry. During this session, panelists will discuss the successes and continued challenges that the automotive industry has encountered through information sharing.  Most importantly, how are Auto-ISAC members moving to deepen their situational awareness, building trust within the organization to enhance sharing, and working more closely in a highly competitive business environment.

  • Faye Francy, Executive Director, Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center (Auto-ISAC)
  • Jeff Stewart, Assistant Vice President, External & Legislative Affairs, Global Public Policy – Wireless, AT&T
  • Nat Beuse, Associate Administrator, Vehicle Safety Research, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
  • Mark Chernoby, Chief Technical Compliance Officer, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N. V.

2:30 – 2:55 pm

Break in Exhibit Hall

2:55 – 3:30 pm

The Future of Autonomous and Cybersecurity

Autonomous is widely viewed as a key to the future of the auto and trucking sector.  But for autonomous to succeed, cybersecurity must be an essential requirement; and trust must be built that the autonomous future is cyber-secure.  What are the ways that OEMs and suppliers are building cybersecurity within tomorrow’s autonomous vehicles?  What opportunities and challenges still exist? How are researchers and coordinated vehicle disclosure programs structured to enhance the cybersecurity of tomorrow’s AVs.

3:30 – 3:50 pm

Congressional View on Auto Cybersecurity

In 2017, Senator Gary Peters (D-MI) co-introduced a bill called the American Vision for Safer Transportation through Advancement of Revolutionary Technologies (AV START) Act. Its goal was to advance testing and development of self-driving vehicles to help the United States remain at the forefront of innovation. Sen. Peters was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2014 after three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives. He sits on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, which has jurisdiction over automotive safety standards.

  • The Honorable Gary Peters, U.S. Senate (invited)

3:50 – 4:00 pm

Presentation of the Inaugural Billington Automotive Cybersecurity Summit Leadership Award

4:00 pm

Closing Remarks

  • Thomas K. Billington, Chairman and Founder, Billington CyberSecurity