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Category Archives: software engineering

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…

November 2013 was Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month … Were You Involved?

– Did you know that, on October 31, 2013, President Obama proclaimed November 2013 to be “Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month”? You can see the proclamation at…

Aircraft Software Systems Concerns – Two More Data Points

– I recently travelled to and from Europe on two different aircraft operated by two different airlines, and there were significant problems on both trips with the in-flight entertainment systems. On both flights the systems had to be rebooted and they still continued to fail and needed to be reset.…