Tesla Motors Wants to Make Sure Its Cars Are Secure, Hires Hacker


Tesla hires security expert Kristin Paget

Kristin Paget (formerly known as Chris Paget), the world-class security expert hired by Apple in December 2012, has announced that she has joined Tesla Motors.

Paget hasn’t revealed too much about her role at the electric car maker, but it will probably involve “securing things.” She has told Re/code that she starts on Monday at the company’s headquarters in Palo Alto, California.

Commenting on Tesla’s decision to hire Paget, Malwarebytes’ Jean Taggart said, “It is refreshing to see a company like Tesla address the potential security risks so early in the game, where the general sentiment coming from the security industry is that we won’t have proper security in place until after some catastrophic event occurs.”

With all the technology integrated into modern cars and with the growing number of researchers that highlight vehicle hacking methods, Tesla’s example will probably be followed by other car makers.

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