University Center, Kochoff Hall, University of Michigan - Dearborn Friday, April 3, 2020

Please join us for the 2020 Dearborn Cybersecurity Day at the University of Michigan-Dearborn on Friday, April 3, 2020. The venue will be at the Kochoff Hall in the University Center on campus.

This annual event will feature a slate of distinguished speakers from academia, industry, and government discussing the current challenges and future opportunities in cybersecurity. The range of topics is broad and diverse such as discussing future trends in cybersecurity, overviewing the state of the art of security and privacy protection techniques, and understanding cybersecurity within the federal or state government. The event will also include a poster session where researchers can showcase their research results. There will be a lot of opportunities to engage with the nationally distinguished speakers, students, faculty, scientists, lead engineers, and other attendees from the local community on cybersecurity and privacy.

Admission to this event is free with complimentary breakfast, coffee, and luncheon but Registration is required. 

Please contact us for any matters by writing to

2019 Event Information


Morning Sessions

8:00 - 8:45:  Registration

8:45 - 8:55:  Introduction and Welcome 

9:00 - 9:50:  Automotive Cybersecurity at DHS Science and Technology Directorate

Christos Papadopoulos, Program Manager, Cybersecurity Division, Department of Homeland Security

DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) supports the full spectrum of cybersecurity research and development. Automotive cybersecurity is of paramount importance to the Cyber-Physical Systems, and DHS S&T has partnered with various government, Industry and academic institutions to carry out innovative R&D. In this presentation I will briefly summarize the various research efforts and lessons learned at S&T.

9:50 - 10:10 :  Coffee Break

10:10 - 11:00:  Security and Privacy in Mobile and Wireless Systems

Guevara Noubir, Professor, Northeastern University

The wireless revolution delivered beyond the pioneers dreams, forever changing how we access information, interact with each other, and our physical world. Yet, a confluence of factors indicates that a security and privacy storm is brewing. Limited resources and lack of strong security models, led to a variety of weaknesses in wireless and mobile systems. These risks are amplified by the accerelated pervasiveness and ad hoc integration of wireless communications in a variety of systems, from cyber-physical systems, to IoT and Industrial IoT. At the same time hardware and in particular wireless softwarization is removing natural barriers such as attacks physical co-location, or cost. In this talk we reflect on some of the wireless and mobile security and privacy challenges and trends, from side-channel attacks to cross-layer attacks, as well as defense approaches and their limitations. In particular, the need and path to systematic modeling of security threats and defenses, as well as security by design approaches considering software-enabled attacks.

11:00 - 11:50: Michigan’s Cybersecurity Ecosystem

Sarah Tennant, Strategic Advisor-Cyber Initiatives, Michigan Economic Development Corporation

The automotive industry is now more than ever a high tech industry and Michigan is at the forefront of this next transportation frontier, today carmakers integrate some of the most complex code on earth. Automotive cybersecurity is a critically understaffed area of the modern workforce and is an essential part of the connected transportation road map that includes autonomous vehicles and the infrastructure that surrounds them. As the world becomes more connected through the advancements in technology ensuring the security of these connected devices is a top priority.

Michigan is creating a cybersecurity ecosystem of collaboration between government, industry and academia to help to tackle the security challenges that are created in the new and emerging industry of embedded systems.

Afternoon Sessions

12:00 - 1:40:  Luncheon & Panel

Future Trend and Career in Cybersecurity Panel
  • Ahmad Nasser, Cybersecurity Architect, Renesas Electronics
  • John Krzeszewski, Chief Engineer, Cybersecurity Governance, Risk, Compliance and Architecture, Aptiv
  • David Bares, Cybersecurity Senior Engineer, Lear Corporation
  • Di Jin, Product Cybersecurity Innovation Leader, GM
  • Blancke Bryan, Cybersecurity Consultant, Escrypt
  • Daniel Newport, Chief of Cyber Technology Development Branch, GVSC

1:40 - 2:00:  Coffee Break

2:00 - 2:50: Cybersecurity and U.S. Elections

Alex Halderman, Professor, University of Michigan

The unprecedented Russian cyberattacks during the 2016 presidential election were a wake up call for American democracy, which is heavily reliant on complex computer infrastructure. In this talk, I’ll explain how attacks on voting systems threaten the integrity of results and stand to undermine public confidence in democratic processes. Computer voting raises serious security risks, from denial-of-service attacks that could disrupt voting to malware that could alter election outcomes. I’ll also discuss ongoing efforts to safeguard U.S. election infrastructure. Despite a recent infusion of funding from Congress, political obstacles and a lack of uniform standards mean U.S. elections are likely to remain at risk in 2020 and beyond.

3:00 - 4:30:  Poster Session

4:30 - 4:50:  Closing Remarks


Check back soon for more details.


Registration is now open and is required. 


Please register by March 25, 2020 to ensure you have a spot.

Directions and Parking

Computer and Information Science

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