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Senior Embedded Systems/Software Engineer, Cybersecurity

Auburn Hills - Michigan - USA

Apr 30, 2022

Full time


Job Description

BorgWarner PowerDrive Systems’ engineers develop and deploy innovative powertrain systems enabling the next generation of efficient, clean and intelligent drivetrain solutions.  Our products must provide exceptional performance, efficiency and value in challenging safety- and security-critical environments.  To accomplish this we’re looking for talented, passionate engineers who bring fresh ideas with their unique knowledge and experience to develop elegant solutions to these complex engineering problems.

The cybersecurity engineer works within the systems engineering function and is directly engaged with the development of secure, robust and resilient vehicle solutions for xEV projects. Those solutions range across hardware and software, including but not limited to immobilizers/anti-theft devices, manipulation detection system, secure boot methods, key storage and management, secure on-board communication and secure diagnostics, hardware trust anchors (microcontroller hardware security modules). The CSE supports the development team in ensuring all aspects of the stakeholder requirements are implemented and tested according to the latest automotive cybersecurity standards and best practices.

Key accountabilities

  • Plan and implement the cybersecurity activities for a given project with a collaborative team that takes into consideration customer specifications, the cybersecurity process and bring their own experience into what is needed
    • Interface with customer on technical cybersecurity requirements and issues
    • Create a cybersecurity assurance case per project and the related documentation that provides the argument for the achieved degree of cybersecurity on their project
  • Perform cybersecurity risk assessments and threat modelling within a product scope
    • Analyse and determine safety, financial, operational and privacy issues identified in a risk analysis
    • Where there are safety impacts, work with the Functional Safety team to find solutions that do not compromise safety or security
    • Suggest countermeasures appropriate to the project given the technical constraints or operational limitations
    • Create and maintain a knowledge database of typical assets, threats and attack paths for our product portfolio to leverage re-use
  • Create and maintain solutions to manage cybersecurity risks
    • Drive cybersecurity feature development and provides technical support for hardware and software teams
    • Engage with suppliers to evaluate cybersecurity capabilities and track reported vulnerabilities
    • Evaluate new tools (Threat Analysis tool, Software Bill Of Material tool…)
    • Be part of incident response teams
  • Follow and contribute to the secure development lifecycle at BorgWarner
  • Network and maintain a high-level of industry knowledge (e.g. participation in Auto-ISAC events)
  • Help promoting a cybersecurity culture
    • Support the roll-out of processes and procedures compliant with latest cybersecurity standards and regulations
    • Assist in training and raising awareness, organizing events

Education, skills and experience

  • 2+ years of experience in an embedded cybersecurity position or 4+ years in an embedded systems/software competency
  • Passionate and forward-thinking about cybersecurity and the needs of the ever-changing automotive industry
  • Good understanding of formal risk assessment and management.
  • Experience in the automotive or transportation domain
  • Experience with requirements engineering, ability to navigate through multiple customer specifications, standards and policies
  • Familiarity with cryptography and cybersecurity concepts such as defense in depth, access control models, memory protection, secure boot, Secure Coding, public key infrastructure (PKI)
  • Understanding of multi-core embedded microcontrollers that use HTAs (hardware trust anchors) or HSMs (hardware security modules)
  • Understanding of cybersecurity specific testing such as penetration and fuzz testing
  • Ability to work easily with Office software suite and engineering software (prior experience with simulation or analysis tools for instance).
  • Strong communication and analytical skills
  • Ability to work independently, take ownership of project deliverables, go above and beyond the task at hand

EEO Statement

BorgWarner is an equal employment opportunity employer such that all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.


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