ACM, Block Harbor to develop cybersecurity at auto tech center

YPSILANTI–The Detroit-based cybersecurity firm Block Harbor is joining the American Center for Mobility as its Executive-in-Residence for mobility cybersecurity.

In March 2023, ACM released a new strategic plan to broaden its focus to advancing safe, sustainable, and secure mobility technologies. Through this partnership, ACM and Block Harbor will collaborate to develop cybersecurity offerings and promote the cybersecurity ecosystem at ACM’s global development center to help the industry meet regulations and alignment with standards for the cybersecurity of vehicles.

With the release of UNECE Cybersecurity (UN R155 and R156), a regulation that aims to enhance the cybersecurity of connected and automated vehicles and provide a common cybersecurity framework for the automotive industry worldwide, there is a growing need for tools, labs, and expertise to ensure compliance to standards.

“Cybersecurity has always been in our line of sight with the work we do in connectivity and automation,” said Reuben Sarkar ACM CEO. “Block Harbor will help us bring together the right capabilities and assets to expand our offerings and build our ecosystem in this rapidly growing area.”

Block Harbor is focused on launching the Vehicle Security Engineering Cloud (VSEC) to vehicle cybersecurity auditors, automakers, and suppliers. With nearly a decade of experience securing vehicles, Block Harbor is at the forefront of the industry, developing solutions that address the pain points in vehicle cybersecurity engineering.

“The future of mobility–highly connected, automated, electric–all depends on passenger trust and faith in the vehicle,” said Block Harbor CEO Brandon Barry. “ACM understands the importance of cybersecurity in that future. Block Harbor is honored to support the ACM’s cybersecurity in their advanced mobility proving ground.”

ACM, located on 500 acres on part of the grounds of the historic Willow Run manufacturing and airport site, offers a global development center for sustainable connected and autonomous vehicles. It offers a proving ground with test environments featuring specialized infrastructure, equipment, facilities and resources; an innovation and technology campus with an industrial tech park for the co-location of mobility companies; and event and demonstration areas for showcasing mobility technologies and convening industry activities. ACM is open to private industry, start-ups, government, standards bodies, and academia.

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