October 26, 2016 / 4:05 PM / 3 years ago

Auto industry cyber security group hires Boeing veteran

The computer screen in an autonomous prototype Continental Chrysler 300C sedan is seen during an event featuring numerous self-driving cars on Capitol Hill in Washington March 15, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

(Reuters) - The organization that automakers in the United States created to cope with cyber security threats said on Wednesday it has hired a former Boeing Co executive as its leader.

Faye Francy, who most recently was head of the aviation industry’s cyber security clearinghouse, known as the Aviation-ISAC, will take over the Automotive Information Sharing and Analysis Center, or Auto-ISAC.

Automakers use the Auto-ISAC to share certain information about cyber security threats and countermeasures without compromising competitive information.

Francy joins the auto industry group at a time when federal regulators and lawmakers are increasingly concerned that hackers could exploit vehicles through their internet connections and meddle with computers that control braking, steering and eventually autonomous driving.

As the auto industry expands its use of automated systems to pilot vehicles, it is encountering many of the same technical and security concerns aircraft makers face to secure automated flight systems. Francy joined Boeing in 2001 and led a group that focused on cyber security for Boeing commercial aircraft.

Francy will replace the Auto-ISAC’s acting executive director, Jonathan Allen, a principal at the consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton.

Reporting by Joseph White; Editing by Will Dunham

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