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Category Archives: software engineering

Software Security Recall for Jeeps

– Author’s Note: This is a follow-up to my July 27, 2015 BlogInfoSec column “Jeep Hacked, Manufacturer ‘Dismayed.’” Fiat Chrysler’s recall of vehicles for security-related, versus safety-related, vulnerabilities is a very big deal and may pave the way for an entirely new approach to…

Jeep Hacked, Manufacturer “Dismayed”

– Dismayed? Is that as much emotion that Fiat Chrysler can muster when informed that their vehicles can be hacked remotely and many of the vehicle-control systems can be taken over by researchers Charlie Miller and Chris Valasek, including those systems that handle steering and braking (okay, right…

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…

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…