2021-10-1 | New Roads Magazine

4 Questions with a GM Cybersecurity Engineer

4 Questions with a GM Cybersecurity Engineer

With two engineering degrees, an MBA, and side projects that include modeling and volunteering, GM cybersecurity engineer Kristine Pankow is a modern role model.

Q: Your title is cybersecurity penetration test engineer, and you call yourself an “ethical hacker.” What does that mean?
A: We work with vehicles before they reach our customers by devising malicious attacks that could take advantage of drivers and their passengers. If any vulnerabilities exist within the vehicle, we collaborate with our cybersecurity counterparts to generate methods to deter and mitigate any risks. It’s so rewarding to make such a positive impact on the lives of our customers, while also getting to work on cutting-edge technology in the transportation sector.

Q: You have an unusual resume, from your two engineering degrees to your MBA to modeling! How have you managed to find the balance and time to pursue all of your interests?
A: I have an unrelenting desire to grow that takes both motivation and consistency. While in college, I was in a serious vehicle accident that resulted in multiple rolls of my SUV and concluded with me being ejected from it. This event made my life come to a screeching halt where I began to deeply reflect on what I dedicate my time and talent to. I acknowledge that time is finite and use extreme focus to let me chip away at goals and interests while also allowing me to be fully present while spending quality time with loved ones.

FACTS ABOUT KRISTINE

HOMETOWN
Oxford, Michigan

 

FIRST CAR
1987 Chevy Pickup

 

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
Soaking up the sun on a four-wheeler

 

EXTRACURRICULARS
Teaching self-defense; volunteering in the Saginaw and Flint, Michigan, areas

Q: What advice do you have for young women interested in breaking into fields like tech and automotive that are traditionally male-dominated?
A: The tech and automotive fields are yearning for solutions to modern problems. They desperately need people who not only use their minds but also their hearts to tackle new challenges.

 

Q: What’s a piece of advice you wish someone had given you at the beginning of your career?
A:
Know your why, chase it, and you can’t go wrong. Don’t second-guess yourself. If you know that you have a passion for something, you can concentrate your energy and talent without losing sight of your purpose.

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  • To avoid the risk of injury, never use Recovery Hooks to tow a vehicle. For more information, see the Recovery Hooks section of your Owner's Manual.

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  • Read the vehicle Owner's Manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • Always use safety belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See the Owner’s Manual for more information.  

  • Vehicle user interface is a product of Google and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires the Android Auto app on Google Play and an Android compatible smartphone running Android 5.0 or higher. Data plan rates apply. Android Auto is a trademark of Google LLC.

  • Vehicle user interface is a product of Apple and its terms and privacy statements apply. Requires compatible iPhone and data plan rates apply. Apple CarPlay is a trademark of Apple Inc. Siri, iPhone and Apple Music are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries.

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  • Always use seat belts and child restraints.  Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint.  See the Owner's Manual for more information.

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  • Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver's responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. Read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • Standard on all Traverse trims: Chevy Safety Assist includes Automatic Emergency Braking, Front Pedestrian Braking, Lane Keep Assist with Lane Departure Warning, Forward Collision Alert, IntelliBeam and Following Distance Indicator. Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver's responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. Read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver's responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. Read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner.  Read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • To avoid the risk of injury, never use recovery hooks to tow a vehicle. For more information, see the Recovery Hooks section of your Owner's Manual.

  • The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. Click here to see all Chevrolet vehicles' destination freight charges.

  • Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. Read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for important feature limitations and information.

  • To avoid the risk of injury, never use recovery hooks to tow a vehicle. For more information, see the Recovery Hooks section of your Owner’s Manual.

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  • The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. Click here to see all Chevrolet vehicles’ destination freight charges.

  • Always use seat belts and child restraints. Children are safer when properly secured in a rear seat in the appropriate child restraint. See your vehicle Owner’s Manual for more information.

  • Chevrolet Infotainment System functionality varies by model. Full functionality requires compatible Bluetooth and smartphone, and USB connectivity for some devices.

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  • Safety or driver assistance features are no substitute for the driver’s responsibility to operate the vehicle in a safe manner. Read the vehicle Owner’s Manual for important feature limitations and information.

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  • Connected navigation and real-time points of interest only available on properly equipped vehicles. Device data connection required. Map coverage available in the U.S., Puerto Rico and Canada. See onstar.com for details and limitations

  • The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price excludes destination freight charge, tax, title, license, dealer fees and optional equipment. Click here to see all Chevrolet vehicles' destination freight charges.