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Ivan Kirkpatrick
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Security aspects
Ivan Kirkpatrick   6/28/2011 12:10:35 PM
As a software engineer I am surprised by the lack of an emphasis on security in light of the Stuxnet worm.  I would expect a lot more emphasis on testing any automation systems related to process controls and infrastructure.  

I spend a lot of time testing software.  Good software testing has come a long way recently with the advent of test frameworks and coverage tools.  One item I place a lot of emphasis on is very thorough and detailed testing, 100% coverage and 100% success rates in automated testing.  I have found many interesting issues in the last few percentages of thorough testing.  Perhaps prime among these is that if it is hard to test it is not so good a design.

Increased automation offers an excellent cost savings and quality improvement opportunity.  The benefits will be greatest when increased automation is thoroughly tested and made as secure as is warranted by the application.   

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