Workshop: The Relationship between Safety and Security in Software-Based Systems


The Relationship between Safety and Security in Software-Based Systems

A workshop held in conjunction with the Safecomp conference.

Thursday 25 September, 2008 - Newcastle

The fields of safety and security have developed differently, and largely independently, as the application of computer systems in many domains has itself developed over the past half century or so. Increasingly, however, safety and security concerns come together in the context of a single system, and their separate treatment is proving to be inadequate.

This workshop, co-located with SAFECOMP 2008 at Newcastle University and organised in cooperation with EWICS, will debate the issues involved.

Speakers include:

Robert Dewar, Cofounder and CEO of AdaCore and Emeritus Professor of Computer Science at the Courant Institute of New York University


08:45 Registration and Coffee

09:20 Introduction

09:30 Robert Dewar, Cofounder and CEO of AdaCore, Emeritus Professor of Computer Science Courant Institute, New York University
Safety and Security, Two Sides of the Same Coin?

10:05 Odd Nordland, Senior Research Scientist SINTEF ICT, Dept of Software Engineering, Safety and Security, Trondheim
Some Security Aspects in Safety-Related Systems

10:40 Coffee

11:10 Francesca Saglietti, Professor of Software Engineering, University Erlangen-Nuremberg
Common Analysis and Verification Techniques for Safety- and Security- Critical Software Systems

11:45 Dave Jackson and Brian Dobbing , Praxis High Integrity Systems, Bath
Changing Regulation in Safety and Security – Implications and Opportunities

12:20 Hans Daniel, Formerly of the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI), Bonn
Security in Safety Systems: the Need to Step beyond Traditional Engineering

12:55 Lunch

13:55 Club Business

14:00 Workshop discussion of issues raised by the morning speakers

16:00 Tea and Departure

In the safety field, the main concern has been with preventing computer misbehaviour from causing physical harm to people or the environment. This most often arises in embedded systems.

Security, on the other hand, has been focused on computer misuse to access and exploit confidential information, to corrupt or destroy data, or otherwise to interfere with the proper use of information - particularly where the systems concerned are networked and remotely accessible.

The ever increasing exploitation of networking technologies means that it is now much more likely that both safety and security will be significant for a single system, giving rise to a need for both to be taken into account during development, assurance and operation.

Registration Form and Printable Programme

To register, contact Joan Atkinson
Phone: +44 191 221 2222
Fax: +44 191 222 7995

This workshop is an Associated Event of SAFECOMP 2008 and is co-located with it in Newcastle upon Tyne. This international workshop is organised in cooperation with the European Workshop on Industrial Computer Systems reliability , Safety and security

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