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Category Archives: software engineering

Cybersecurity is Failing … per Spafford

– Eugene Spafford, who is the highly-regarded executive director of the Center for Education and Research in Information Assurance and Security (CERIAS) at Purdue University, is well known for his outspokenness. This trait again came to the fore in a June 24, 2014 article “Security Expert:…

The “Patch and Pray” Approach to Cybersecurity

– On the front page of The New York Times of August 6, 2014, Nicole Perlroth and David Gelles published an article “Russian Hackers Steal Passwords of Billion Users: Data Still Vulnerable – 420,000 Sites, Big and Small, Were Targets, Firm Says.” Usually I wait a week to two or even a month or…

CISOs Are Like Sheep to the Slaughter

– It took almost 10 years, but my claim that the role of the CISO is to take the blame when something goes awry, even if only marginally attributable to information security, goes awry has at last been substantially validated. Let’s scroll back to December 2004. I was a member of a panel of…

Cyber Risk Bubble Babble

– Much has been written and said about the recurrence of a bubble in Internet stocks and its imminent bursting. Significant declines in some stock  prices have already taken place … as described in the article by Rolfe Winkler, Matt Jarzemsky and Evelyn Rusli, “Tech-Stock Drop Hits Startup…

Aviation Security

– The loss of the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 flight MH370 has raised general interest in the issue of aircraft system security in addition to the usual focus on aircraft safety. While I did spend some time on the security of avionics in my book “Engineering Safe and Secure Software Systems”…