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Security-Informed Safety

Netkachova, K. & Bloomfield, R. E. (2016). Security-Informed Safety. Computer, 49(6), pp. 98-102. doi: 10.1109/MC.2016.158


Society relies on the safe functioning of computer based networks and systems whether it is in transportation, in energy production, banking or in medical devices. In some sectors, notably high hazard ones, achieving and assuring safety is a relatively mature undertaking - although of course we must not be complacent [20,21]. The advent of cyber issues brings enormous challenges and changes to the traditional engineering tempo and approach. This is exacerbated by the increasing sophistication of attackers, the commoditisation of low-end attacks, the increasing vulnerabilities of digital systems as well as their connectivity - both designed and inadvertent. In our research and practice we have been considering the impact of cyber issues on safety critical and safety related computer systems1. This article shares some of the issues and lessons learned.

Publication Type: Article
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Publisher Keywords: 08 Information And Computing Sciences
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA75 Electronic computers. Computer science
Departments: School of Science & Technology
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