In episode 1 of Tech Lightning Rounds, Beth Kindig goes directly to the source of AV expertise and hosts discussions with technologists who specialize in the field. Interviews are held in “lightning round” format, which are rapid interviews with tech experts for immediate depth on each topic.
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In episode 1 of Tech Lightning Rounds, we interview Anuja Sonalker, CEO of Steer, who has a PhD in network security and has held executive-level security positions before founding the self-parking technology Steer. Steer solves one of the most frustrating parts of owning a vehicle with automated parking.
Anuja and Beth discuss what it means to take a human out of the equation in parking and why this is important for efficiency, especially in urban areas. Because Anuja has a doctorate in cybersecurity, Beth takes the opportunity to ask her how we can prevent hacks when a human driver is not present. Anuja breaks down the concept of security-led design and why it is crucial to begin with a minimum attack surface and maximum default security. She goes on to describe what must be done in order to avoid falsified data attacks and why security professionals must think like an attacker and a defender.
This must-hear interview gives a 360-degree perspective of how security works in regards to the auto industry and why cybersecurity is an artform. Don’t miss hearing what we face in the next stages of cybersecurity from a doctorate-level technologist who is bringing self-parking to the market.
Background on STEER:
STEER was featured in Car and Driver magazine as a stand-out company from CES 2018, describing Steer’s lynchpin as the cloud-based repository of available parking spots. The company his “lidar free” which means the technology is cost-centric and operates using radar, cameras and ultrasonic sensors. Anuja Sonalker was previously VP of Engineering and Operations for TowerSec, an automotive cyber security solution that was acquired by Samsung’s Harman. “I know there are people who love to drive and don’t like the idea of autonomous technology, but I have yet to meet a person who loves to drive and says, ‘You know, I love parking the car,” – Anuja Sonalker, CEO of Steer
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