Tag Archives: Engineering Safe and Secure Software 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,…

Aircraft Safety and Security … It’s the Training!

– As we dig deeper into the software jungle, we become increasingly prone to the vagaries of software and the difficulty of ensuring that it is both safe and secure. I tackled many of these issues in my book “Engineering Safe and Secure Software Systems” (Artech House). There I covered the SDLC…

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…

Cybersecurity and Safety of AI and Robots

– The article in The New Yorker of May 14, 2018 by Tad Friend with the title “Superior Intelligence: Do the perils of A.I. exceed its promise?” describes two schools of thought with respect to concerns that researchers have about both ANI (artificial narrow intelligence) and AGI (artificial…

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,…