Dearborn Cybersecurity Day will feature many exciting speakers from working across industries, academia, and research.  Learn more below. 

Speaker Biographies

  • Chris DeRusha, Chief Security Officer, State of Michigan

    Chris DeRusha is the Chief Security Officer for the State of Michigan. Chris has broad experience managing cybersecurity and critical infrastructure programs, plans, and operations, both in the public and private sector.  Prior to joining the State of Michigan, he led Ford Motor Company's Enterprise Vulnerability Management program. 

    Chris has over eight years of Federal Government experience working at the White House and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He served as a Senior Cybersecurity Advisor in the Obama Administration, where he led the implementation of the President's Cybersecurity National Action Plan and advised White House leadership on cybersecurity programs, investments and policy decisions.

    He holds a Masters in Security Studies from Columbia University and a Bachelors in Business Administration from James Madison University. 

  • Nael Abu-Ghazaleh, Professor, University of California - Riverside

    Dr. Nael Abu-Ghazaleh is a Professor in the Computer Science and Engineering as well as the Electrical and Computer Engineering Departments at the University of California, Riverside. He also serves as the chair for the Computer Engineering Program. His research is in architecture support for computer system security, high performance computing, and networked and distributed computing. He has published over 150 papers in these areas, several of which have been recognized with best paper awards or nominations. His hardware security research has resulted in the discovery of several new attacks that have been disclosed to companies including Intel, AMD, ARM and Nvidia, and which have been reported on widely in technical news outlets.

  • Murat Kantarcioglu, Professor, University of Texas, Dallas

    Dr. Murat Kantarcioglu is a Professor in the Computer Science Department and Director of the Data Security and Privacy Lab at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD).  He received a PhD in Computer Science from Purdue University in 2005 where he received the Purdue CERIAS Diamond Award for Academic excellence. He is also a visiting scholar at Harvard Data Privacy Lab since 2013. Dr. Kantarcioglu’s research focuses on the integration of cyber security, data science and blockchains, creating technologies that can efficiently and securely process and share data. 

    His research has been supported by grants including from NSF, AFOSR, ARO, ONR, NSA, and NIH. He has published over 170 peer reviewed papers in top tier venues such as ACM KDD, SIGMOD, IEEE ICDM, ICDE, PVLDB, NDSS, USENIX Security and several IEEE/ACM Transactions as well as served as program chair for conferences such as ACM SACMAT, IEEE Cloud, ACM CODASPY. Some of his research work has been covered by the media outlets such as the Boston Globe, ABC News , PBS/KERA, DFW Television, and has received multiple best paper awards. 

    He is the recipient of various awards including NSF CAREER award, the AMIA (American Medical Informatics Association) 2014 Homer R Warner Award and the IEEE ISI (Intelligence and Security Informatics) 2017 Technical Achievement Award presented jointly by IEEE SMC and IEEE ITS societies for his research in data security and privacy. He is also a Distinguished Scientist of ACM.

  • André Weimerskirch, Vice President Cybersecurity and Functional Safety, Lear Corporation

    Dr. André Weimerskirch is Vice President Cybersecurity and Functional Safety at Lear Corporation. Before that, André established the transportation cyber security group at the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), and co-founded the embedded systems security company ESCRYPT which was sold to Bosch in 2012. 

    André is active in all areas of automotive and transportation cybersecurity and privacy, he is a main designer of the American vehicle-to-vehicle SCMS security system, published numerous articles in automotive and embedded cyber security, and is co-founder of the American workshop on embedded security in cars (escar USA). André chairs the Mcity cybersecurity working group at the University of Michigan, is vice chair of the SAE Vehicle Electrical System Security Committee, and member of the American Joint Working Group to develop the ISO 21434 automotive cybersecurity engineering standard.    

  • Sol Bermann, Chief Privacy Officer and Interim Chief Information Security Officer, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

    Sol Bermann (CIPP) is the University of Michigan interim chief information security officer (CISO). As CISO, Sol is responsible for the university's information assurance (IT security, privacy, IT policy, compliance, and enterprise continuity) program, including Ann Arbor, Flint, Dearborn, and Michigan Medicine. His charge also includes direct responsibility for ITS Information and Infrastructure Assurance, as well as Identity and Access Management.

    Sol is also the chief privacy officer and IT policy and compliance strategist. He provides thought leadership in shaping institutional policy and practices and participates in the national discourse on privacy, IT security, and policy issues of strategic concern to higher education.

  • John Moore, Vehicle Cyber Research Supervisor, Advanced Engineering and Research, Ford Motor Company

    John Moore and his team are responsible for assessing future vehicle security technologies and enablers for Ford Motor Company’s Research and Advance Engineering Division.  John brings over a decade of security expertise to his current role and has implemented and developed multiple security protections, programs and solutions over the years.   In his current role, his team is focused on next generation security research for mobility and mobility enablers and how to best assess these solution’s effectiveness, viability and validation for future vehicle and mobility integration.  His team also works closely with external sources like universities, government, and vendors to push technology innovation and vehicle security to the next level including inventing new ways to help secure tomorrow’s vehicles when necessary.

  • Robert Kaster, Chief Technical Expert, Bosch

    Robert Kaster is currently a Chief Technical Expert at Bosch. He has degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from the University of Michigan and started PhD studies in Dearborn in 2018. He has worked for Bosch for 23 years: four in Europe designing ECUs for the North American market, then built up the ABS/ESP ECU design department in the US. Here he designed more than 40 million ABS/ESP ECUs, was awarded 15 patents in automotive safety and security, submitted more than 100 Bosch invention records, won three Bosch CC-NA innovator of the year awards, authored more than 700 presentations, development reports, and problem analyses. For four years, he was responsible for cybersecurity in the North American chassis control division, then assembled and now leads Bosch’s North American cross-divisional cybersecurity team.  He has been active in the automotive cybersecurity community, serving as the co-chair for the UMTRI MTC cybersecurity group in 2016 and 2017, and as the Auto-ISAC Supplier Affinity Group chair in 2018 and 2019.  

  • Pankil Vyas, Sr. Cybersecurity Architect, APTIV

    Pankil Vyas is currently a Sr. Cybersecurity Architect at APTIV. Pankil has experience in securing enterprise infrastructure and applications, IoT hardware, network communication and security services. Prior to APTIV he has held Chief Security Architect, Security Strategist and Head of Cybersecurity positions at automotive OEM, Tier-1 and software companies.

    Pankil has over two decade of Cybersecurity experience in implementing and developing enterprise security solutions like Data loss prevention, Security Operation Center, Advance threat protection program, and multi-layer embedded security architecture.

    Pankil holds a master’s in electrical and Computer engineering from University of Detroit Mercy and a bachelor’s in industrial Controls from University of Poona. He is a certified security professional with leading security certifications CISSP, ISSAP and ISO 27001.  

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