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Robert Leale

Robert is the President of CanBusHack Inc., a security research firm focused on vehicle networks and embedded control systems. As a small team of electronic, software, and communication specialists, CanBusHack aims to understand how individual embedded systems operate and communicate. 

Robert is an expert in reverse engineering cryptographic algorithms, embedded software and vehicle network controls. His enthusiasm and mindful approach toward discovering security-related concerns within automobiles, for the good of the industry and the safety of the public, is contagious.

Robert co-founded Car Hacking Village and made its inaugural debut at the Def Con 23 Conference in Las Vegas in 2015. 

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Kirsten Sireci Renner

Kirsten is the Director of Talent at Novetta, a leading provider of advanced analytics solutions that helps clients find clarity from complexity in dealing with massive disparate data sets that were never intended to be analyzed together. Grounded in its work for national security clients, Novetta has pioneered disruptive technologies in four key areas of advanced analytics: data, cyber, open source/media and multi-int fusion.

Starting her career as an application developer turned helpdesk manager, she has spent the last decade exclusively recruiting in the infosec space, primarily in research and development. She is known in the community mostly for her volunteer efforts in villages, providing interview coaching and resume critiquing, and also for her role in the Car Hacking Village as a co-founder - helping it expand its reach globally, one badge-line at a time.

Robert & Kirsten's enthusiasm and mindful approach toward discovering security related concerns within automobiles, for the good of the industry and the safety of the public, is contagious.

The primary goal of the Car Hacking Village is to build a community around discovering weaknesses and exposing vulnerabilities that could significantly impact the safety and security of all drivers and passengers on the road today.  Educating security researchers on the functionality of vehicle systems coupled with providing them with the opportunity to gain hands-on experience working side by side with experts in this field is a plus for the attendees.   Leveraging the vast amount of experience the security research community brings to the Village may increase the safety and security of vehicles on the road today and for generations to come.  

Breaches of automotive systems have been in the forefront of the global media for more than a year.  Wired and wireless exploitation of vehicle systems has become a critical safety concern for the automotive industry, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Congress, the Department of Homeland Security, and consumers. 

Car Hacking Village plays an important role for researchers interested in the safety and security of the more than one billion vehicles on the road worldwide.  In 2015, over 16.5 million vehicles were sold in the United States.  On average, motor vehicles are driven over 15,000 miles annually and consumers spend upwards of 730 hours per year in their cars.