Resources have also been a challenge. Plans
to develop a pilot biofuel site in the Pilbara
region of Western Australia with an AU$4 million government investment were halted when
the area’s water source, dependent on a mine’s
dewatering operations, was briefly interrupted.
The water reserves began to rebuild in July, and
the project has since restarted.
One way the project team is protecting itself
against similar hiccups down the road is through
an advisory board of regional experts on land
and water resources. The goal is to have “people
there with a solid understanding of the ground-
water, surface water and mine dewater opera-
tions in the Pilbara” to advise the project, Chris
Schelfhout, of Western Australia’s Department
of Agriculture and Food, told Australian Broad-
casting Corporation in
interested in capitalizing on Northern Australia’s potential should
not be deterred, Mr.
In Darwin, the
capital of the Northern
Territory, the govern-
ment’s ambitious plan
is being greeted as an
opportunity to further
develop the area as a destination for freight
and cargo shipments from Asia. Mr. Fisher is
particularly hopeful about the government’s
infrastructure fund, which he said could boost
the agriculture sector by opening up arable land
and spurring private irrigation projects.
“If the system is simple and access is straightforward, it should attract some larger projects
that were previously marginal.” —Ambreen Ali
When connected vehicles debuted, all the talk focused on the benefits—
improved safety, automated parking, better entertainment options.
Then the risks hijacked the conversation.
Well-publicized instances of connected cars being hacked—including
one earlier this year in which independent researchers took remote control
of a Jeep Cherokee and cut its transmission and brakes—have alarmed car-makers, consumers and governments. Security flaws have emerged in other
manufacturers’ cars that could let a hacker unlock vehicles and even start
These vulnerabilities have hastened a new era in automotive project management, one that will place a greater premium on cyberdefense.
“It’s important for automakers and their suppliers to be
overcritical of their processes and initial assumptions about
security,” says LaVern Sula, president of Argus Cyber Security’s North American Operations, Troy, Michigan, USA.
Project managers working for automakers and their partners
must adopt the mindset of those in the finance and defense
industries who acknowledge the inevitability of attacks and
seek to blunt the force and breadth of their impact.
Cybersecurity in the C-suite
This industry shift was already underway prior to the Jeep
attack. Last year, General Motors became the first automaker to appoint a cybersecurity professional to its C-suite.
This year, the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers—a
group that includes GM, Fiat Chrysler, Ford, BMW, Toyota
and Mercedes-Benz—announced that its Information Sharing and Analysis Center for the auto industry will begin
operations in late 2015. The group will ultimately include
suppliers and technology companies as well as automakers.
“If the system
and access is
it should attract
Tesla Motors sends
out free software
for its Model S