Re: [SystemSafety] Does "reliable" mean "safe" and or "secure" or neither? [No Classification]

From: Barnes, Robert A (NNPPI) < >
Date: Thu, 21 Apr 2016 15:29:42 +0000

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Is it really appropriate to deal with safety and security as disparate, alien issues that have irreconcilable differences? It is my belief that, in any system important to safety they are intertwined and cannot be dealt with separately. If I have a safety function, then I will want a degree of confidence that my safety function works, and part of that confidence will be related to how difficult it is for the wicked or curious to interfere with the safety-integrity of that function.

A flaw that I see in safety cases at the moment is an assumption that principals interacting with a safety system, internal and external to an organisation, will do so with positive intent. Hidden in this assumption is a security requirement, but it is very rarely expressed as such. Instead, safety is a continuing source of constraints rather than functional security requirements! Can we realistically argue that a system is safe if it is not protected against interference?

So does 'reliable' mean 'safe', 'secure' or 'neither'? I'd argue that it's neither as something can be reliable and unsafe, or reliable and insecure, but cannot be safe and insecure.

Robert Barnes
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From: systemsafety [mailto:systemsafety-bounces_at_xxxxxx Sent: 21 April 2016 08:35
To: systemsafety_at_xxxxxx Subject: Re: [SystemSafety] Does "reliable" mean "safe" and or "secure" or neither?

On 20/04/2016 17:30, Peter Bernard Ladkin wrote:

> A key technical point comes out of this, which we will address at the
> German standards authority on May 4, along with German colleagues
> active in ICS safety+security and NPP safety+security within the IEC.
> And that is that the requirements for updating safety-critical
> software conflict with the usual update cycle for security and nobody
> - nobody - I have talked to knows how to solve that problem. Roger is
> very aware of it. The recent IEC offerings on safety+security gloss
> over it. We've gotta solve it somehow. (For Bertrand, I mentioned this
> also to Gilles Deleuze. I know now that the French, the Brits and the
> Germans are all interested in a solution. Of course, being interested
> in one and getting one are two different things.)
I agree this clash between safety and security is a significant problem in the systems I have looked at.

For safety you don't want to changed your approved/accepted system unless you really have to. For security you have to update all the time to deal with new attacks / vulnerabilities.



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