Jennifer Tisdale

Associate Principal of Cybersecurity Research, Automotive & Defense

Jennifer Tisdale is the associate principal for Embedded Systems and Advanced Transportation Security Programs at GRIMM, a cybersecurity research and engineering firm. GRIMM is a service, disabled veteran-owned small business which provides cybersecurity testing, consulting and training to the U.S. military and intelligence agencies, commercial automotive, aerospace, medical and manufacturing industries.

Previously, Tisdale served as R&D program manager of Vehicle Product Cybersecurity at Mazda North America. While at Mazda, she bridged the gap between R&D and government affairs, focused on cybersecurity for connected and automated vehicles. Prior to Mazda North America, Tisdale developed the cyber mobility program for the state of Michigan through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and Michigan Defense Center where she created Michigan’s economic strategy focused on cybersecurity in support of the future of transportation mobility for automotive, aerospace and defense industries.

Tisdale is on the Board of Directors for the National Defense Industrial Association (MI) and is charged with developing cyber programming in support of the U.S. Military’s cyber-physical security initiatives including leading the Cyber Military Vehicle Industry Collaborative (MVIC). The MVIC was established to provide the U.S. Army Futures Command with industry recommendations for product security validation, prior to systems integration.

Recently voted one of SC Magazine’s “Women to Watch” in Cybersecurity, Tisdale challenges the negative narrative often associated with hackers and volunteers with several nonprofit STEM programs encouraging students and teachers to embrace cybersecurity education for embedded systems.