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Category Archives: General

Coding? OK … But Security? Ha!

– Bloomberg Businessweek did something amazing. It devoted an entire double issue (June 5-28, 2015) to computer programming. Paul Ford’s 38,000-word essay “The Code Issue” describes the origins and history of computer programming and programming languages with the intention of educating those…

FAA, GAO … Please Read My Book!

– … and my articles, columns, etc. about the dangers of connecting information systems to control systems. The GAO (US Government Accountability Office) released an April 2015 report, GAO-15-370, on the cybersecurity of air traffic control and avionics systems, with the title “Air Traffic…

Big, Small and Personal Data

– There have been many articles of late bemoaning the fact that personal data are being collected in ever-vaster amounts and being analyzed to build broader profiles of each and every one of us that lead to targeted marketing and fraudulent activities. There have been many questions raised about how…

Smart Cars, Smarter Roads

– I was somewhat puzzled as to why, here in the U.S., there has been relatively little discussion of infrastructure enhancements needed in order to implement safe and secure autonomous vehicles. Then I read the article “Europe’s Smart Highway Will Shepherd Cars from Rotterdam to Vienna” by…

Aircraft Safety … And Security

– There was once a time when aircraft crashes appeared to be due mostly to mechanical failures or malfunctioning aircraft control systems. Yes, some incidents were caused by terrorists, and there were some accidents due to “human error,” but a goodly number of those also had system and/or…