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Software Assurance (SwA) and the Department of Defense (DoD)

– On December 16, 2013 the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD(R&E)) issued a Request for Information (RFI) with the title “Software Assurance,” which can be found via on the FedBizOpps website at:…

Another Big Lesson from Flight MH370

– What we don’t need is another “expert opinion” as to what might have happened to the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 that disappeared on the early morning of Saturday, March 8, 2014 … and (who knows?) by the time this column is posted the mystery could have been solved. We all sincerely…

Cybersecurity from the Safety Engineer’s Perspective

– The February 2014 issue of CACM (Communications of the Association of Computing Machinery) has a thought-provoking “Inside Risks” column by William Young and Nancy G. Leveson with the title “An Integrated Approach to Safety and Security Based on Systems Theory – Applying a more powerful…

Long-Term Impact of Catastrophic Events

– “Out of sight, out of mind.” So it is with many aspects of life. We forget sometimes that recovery from major catastrophes can take a very long time. It shouldn’t be surprising, therefore, to learn that the aftermath of the March 11, 2011 tsunami that hit northern Japan continues to affect…

Snowden’s Unknown Cache

– While it was not entirely unexpected, it did come as a shock to read that the National Security Agency (NSA) may never know the full extent of the information that Booz Allan contractor Edward Snowden stole. In a front page article in The New York Times of December 15, 2013, with the title…