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By Nancy G. Leveson

Engineering has skilled a technological revolution, however the simple engineering ideas utilized in security and reliability engineering, created in a less complicated, analog international, have replaced little or no through the years. during this groundbreaking ebook, Nancy Leveson proposes a brand new method of protection -- extra fitted to latest advanced, sociotechnical, software-intensive international -- according to glossy platforms considering and platforms idea. Revisiting and updating principles pioneered via Nineteen Fifties aerospace engineers of their method security notion, and trying out her new version broadly on real-world examples, Leveson has created a brand new method of safeguard that's more suitable, less costly, and more straightforward to take advantage of than present techniques.

Arguing that conventional versions of causality are insufficient, Leveson provides a brand new, prolonged version of causation (Systems-Theoretic coincidence version and procedures, or STAMP), then then indicates how the recent version can be utilized to create thoughts for process security engineering, together with coincidence research, chance research, approach layout, protection in operations, and administration of safety-critical platforms. She applies the recent innovations to real-world occasions together with the friendly-fire lack of a U.S. Blackhawk helicopter within the first Gulf conflict; the Vioxx bear in mind; the U.S. army SUBSAFE software; and the bacterial infection of a public water provide in a Canadian city. Leveson's process is proper even past protection engineering, delivering suggestions for "reengineering" any huge sociotechnical process to enhance defense and deal with risk.

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