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Tag Archives: safety-critical software systems

Securing Complex Systems

– There is a cartoon by Jacob Samuel in The New Yorker magazine of March 30, 2015 that shows a warmly dressed gentleman holding a placard on which is written: “We are being CONTROLLED by the random outcomes of a complex system.” As with so many New Yorker cartoons, one is left to decide on your…

Did Markey Miss the Mark on Vehicle Hacking?

– The staff of Edward J. Markey, U.S. Senator for Massachusetts, issued a report on February 10, 2015, called “Tracking & Hacking: Security & Privacy Gaps Put American Drivers at Risk,” which is available at…

Oil Rigs’ Software Attacked by Malware

– In the February 23, 2013 Houston Chronicle, there is an article “Malware on oil rig computers raises security fears” by Zain Shauk, which describes how malware has infiltrated safety-critical software managing the activities and control systems of oil rigs. Shauk’s article is available at…

Vindication of Independent Verification & Validation

– There are so many software-intensive system failures and compromises being reported these days that one has to wonder whether the testers were “out to lunch” when they should have been concentrating on making sure that the systems for which they were responsible needed testing. In my recent…