Security

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National Cybersecurity Strategy

On Monday, the UK government published its new national security strategy (PDF). This outlines the current and emerging security threats to the UK national interests, ranked by priority based on likelihood and impact. What caught my attention was the fact that the Tier 1 (highest priority) threats include:   'Hostile attacks on UK cyber space by other states and large…

VxWorks MILS 2.1 Platform hands-on

Last week, I visited Wind River headquarters in Alameda, California, to learn about VxWorks MILS Platform 2.1 and to get hands-on experience with the release. I had been looking forward to the trip, as the 2.1 release adds some significant new capabilities: Wind River Linux as a guest operating system and the new High Assurance Network Stack (see Bill Graham's…

The Open Group: Real-Time Embedded Systems Forum, Rome

Last week, I attended the The Open Group, Rome 2010 conference, specifically the Real-Time Embedded Systems Forum track (agenda), in order to participate in the MILS API standardization working group sessions.The goal of the working group is to produce a standardized API for a Minimal Runtime (MRT) environment which is suitable for High Assurance systems, which will enable portability of…

A Decade at Wind River

On Wednesday, it will be exactly ten years since I joined Wind River. I was thinking about this on my flight to San Francisco on Saturday, and as well as wondering how I long I've spent watching the VxWorks boot loader counting down to zero on the serial console over the years, I was also reminiscing about my early days…

A&D Regional Conferences

I've recently finished updating presentations on The Essentials of Multicore Software and Challenges of Security Software Development for our forthcoming Aerospace & Defence Conferences which we are holding across Europe in November.It's been interesting to think about how multicore can be used in technology refreshes and applied to new programmes. I'm looking forward to discussing these issues with customers, as…

VxWorks MILS 2.0 at DSEi 2009

I am looking forward to Defence Systems and Equipment International (DSEi), the world's largest fully integrated international defence exhibition, which is being held in London from 8-11th September 2009. In preparation for the event, I've been setting up some Wind River VxWorks MILS 2.0 demos on a Curtiss-Wright VPX6-185 board. VxWorks MILS is Wind River's implementation of the Multiple Independent…

VxWorks MILS 2.0 EAL6+ Evaluation

In case you missed the news, VxWorks MILS 2.0 has officially entered formal security evaluation at Common Criteria EAL 6+ (NIAP website).So what does this mean for Wind River's customers? Well, VxWorks MILS 2.0 will enable them to develop applications to what the US National Security Agency (NSA) defines as "High Robustness". Many people are familiar with Communications Security (ComSec),…

Cyber warfare and déjà vu

Yesterday, I had strong sense of déjà vu as I read the news story 'Major cyber spy network uncovered' (BBC News), which reports on a 10-month investigation by the Information Warfare Monitor (IWM) into a cyber espionage network, which they called GhostNet. This has a number of similarities with the plot within the novel 'The Edge of Madness' which I…

Quantum Leap for encryption

The topic of data security is finding its way into mainstream media news reports these days, often due to high-profile lapses or breaches; and whilst encryption is sometimes mentioned in passing, the media reports rarely delve into the detail. So, on Wednesday evening when I had the opportunity to attend a local history talk about the Enigma machine and other…

Security and cyber warfare

One of the Christmas presents I received was the book The Edge of Madness by Michael Dobbs. It's a novel about cyber warfare and is set in the present day. Despite mixed reviews of the book in the media (Daily Telegraph, Guardian), I found it to be a gripping read, and finished it over two evenings. The reason why it…