Mike Lexa Joins Upstream Security Advisory Board to Accelerate Cybersecurity Resilience in the Automotive & Mobility IoT Sector

GIUSEPPE SERIO

VP Market Development

May 23, 2024

The mobility ecosystem is experiencing a profound digital transformation. The increasing reliance on mobility services and Internet of Things (IoT) devices is not just reshaping how we transport people and goods but also redefining these technologies as critical infrastructure with far-reaching impacts on the macro economy and public safety.

The operational availability of mobility IoT devices plays a pivotal role in ensuring efficiencies and optimal economic conditions across various sectors. From transportation networks to smart farming and advanced construction equipment, and even electric vehicle charging infrastructure – the seamless functioning of these devices is imperative for economic stability and public safety.

However, with advanced connectivity and the rise of remotely-controlled functionalities, the scale of cybersecurity risks has dramatically expanded. The integration of IoT devices into mobility systems opens up new large-scale vulnerabilities that threat actors can exploit, posing serious threats to data security, damage to other public infrastructure systems, and even physical safety.

As we navigate this digital era of mobility, it’s crucial to prioritize cybersecurity measures that can keep pace with technological advancements. Organizations and stakeholders in the mobility sector must adopt robust strategies to mitigate risks and safeguard this critical infrastructure against potential cyber threats.

Upstream’s advisory board provides strategic guidance and solution validation, safeguarding connected vehicles and mobility IoT devices from the ground up

Upstream recently added Mike Lexa to its advisory board. With over two decades of experience in information technology, particularly in cybersecurity leadership, Mike Lexa serves as the Chief Information Security Officer and Global Vice President of IT Infrastructure for CNH Industrial, a global leader in the agriculture and construction sectors.

“Current cyber challenges require mobility stakeholders to adopt purpose-built, scalable, and flexible solutions. Upstream Security is a visionary leader, delivering an agentless and multi-layer approach to safeguarding automotive and mobility IoT devices.”Mike Lexa, Chief Information Security Officer and Global Vice President of IT Infrastructure for CNH Industrial

Together with support from industry leaders such as Mike Lexa, we are focused on delivering a platform for cyber detection and response that is purpose-built for the unique cyber risks of the mobility ecosystem, using the most advanced Machine Learning (ML) and Generative AI models. Mike’s commitment to driving excellence and innovation aligns seamlessly with the mission of Upstream and he joins the advisory board to support the rapid momentum in the mobility market and expansion into IoT. 

Prior to joining CNH Industrial, Lexa held several leadership positions with Fortune 500 companies, including over a decade as a cybersecurity executive at Target. Having built and led global cybersecurity organizations across various industries, including manufacturing, retail, and high-tech, Mike possesses a comprehensive understanding of cybersecurity challenges and solutions. His track record demonstrates adaptability and effectiveness in addressing diverse cybersecurity landscapes.

Mike’s extensive experience in securing mobile fleets of IoT devices for agriculture and construction uniquely positions him to provide deep insights and guidance to Upstream.

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