Category Archives: Cyber-Physical Systems

Outsourcing, Cost Cutting and the Boeing 737 Max Debacle

– When we thought that Boeing had come up with ways to mitigate the risks that resulted in two major air crashes, we learn that Boeing has been outsourcing their software development to Indian companies that hired newbie temporary programmers for as little as $9 per hour, as described in a June 28,…

Schneider Targeted Yet Again

– In an April 30, 2019 article by Danny Palmer with the title “Cybersecurity: The key lessons of the Triton malware cyberattack you need to learn,” available at https://www.zdnet.com/article/cybersecurity-the-key-lessons-of-the-triton-malware-cyberattack-you-need-to-learn/ the reporter describes…

Safety vs Convenience and Cybersecurity

– If you have driven a late-model road vehicle recently, there were several innovations that immediately confronted you. The first is the ignition… no longer a key, but now a fob and an on-off push-button starter rather than key twist. Another is the gear selection … while some manufacturers…

Is AI For, or Against, Cybersecurity?

– With the rapid proliferation of so-called AI (artificial intelligence) systems (many of which are really just rebranded expert systems), we cybersecurity professionals are confronted with two critical issues, namely: Can AI methods be used to improve the protection of our data, systems, and…

Securing the Critical Infrastructure—Two Lost Decades

– On May 22, 2018, it will have been 20 years to the day since President Bill Clinton issued PDD 63 (Presidential Decision Directive No. 63: Protecting America’s Critical Infrastructure). The PDD laid out a plan to protect critical sectors of the economy, such as telecommunications, energy,…