NMFTA influences next generation of cybersecurity professionals at CyberTruck Challenge

The National Motor Freight Traffic Association, Inc. (NMFTA) served as the lead sponsor for the CyberTruck Challenge. This year marked the third year that NMFTA had served in this sponsorship role.

During the five-day event, college students from the US and Canada learnt about cybersecurity challenges through hands-on instruction and take advantage of career-related opportunities. This year’s event took place from June 24-28 in Warren, MI.

“The CyberTruck Challenge provides an opportunity for industry professionals and interested students to learn more about heavy-vehicle cybersecurity,” said Debbie Sparks, executive director for NMFTA. 

“It is an experience that covers various disciplines and organisations within the supply chain, providing awareness, expert influence and academic training directly by accomplished dedicated leaders. 

“NMFTA always looks forward to this event as it gives us the chance to positively influence the next generation of leaders while equipping them with all the tools and resources needed to excel in this space.” 

As the lead sponsor, NMFTA covered airfare, lodging and meals for all attending students. Additionally, Ben Gardiner, senior cybersecurity research engineer for NMFTA, taught a session, “Vehicle Hacking 2,” during the instructional part of the challenge. 

The CyberTruck Challenge’s mission has two primary objectives: 

  • Develop the necessary talent that can come into the industry and address the existing cybersecurity challenges facing transportation and trucking.
  • Build a community interested in continuously collaborating to address and solve these challenges.

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