The Sustainability of Safety, Security and Privacy

  • 19 March 2020
    1:00 PM
  • Mendel Museum´s Augustinian Abbey Refectory at Mendel Square

Ross J. Anderson is a Professor of Security Engineering at the Computer Laboratory at Cambridge University, and a Fellow of the Churchill College, Cambridge. As he puts it, “Security Engineering is about building systems to remain dependable in the face of malice, error or mischance. As a discipline, it focuses on the tools, processes and methods needed to design, implement and test complete systems, and to adapt existing systems as their environment evolves.”


Now that we’re putting software and network connections into durable safety-critical goods such as cars and medical devices, we’ll have to patch vulnerabilities, as we do with phones and laptops. But we can't let vendors stop patching after three years! So last year, the EU passed Directive 2019/771, which gives the right to software updates for goods with digital elements, for the time period the consumer might reasonably expect. In my talk, I'll describe the background, including a study we did for the European Commission in 2016, and the likely future effects. As sustainable safety, security and privacy become a legal mandate, this will create real tension with existing business models and supply chains. It will also pose a grand challenge for computer scientists. What sort of tools and methodologies should you use to write software for a car that will go on sale in 2023, if you have to support security patches and safety upgrades till 2043?

Honorary Doctorate Awards Ceremony

Before the lecture, Prof. Ross Anderson will receive the Doctor Honoris Causa title. The Honorary Doctorate Awards Ceremony will start at 10:00 also in the Mendel's Museum Augustian Abbey Refectory premises.

Coffee Break at 12.30 PM

The lecture after the ceremony starts at 13.00 PM, however, you can arrive earlier at 12.30 PM to attend an informal coffee break, during which you can engage in a discussion with the speaker himself and get first-hand knowledge.


Mendel Museum's Augustinian Abbey Refectory at Mendel Square

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