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Tag Archives: Engineering Safe and Secure Software Systems

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:…

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…

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”…

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.…