Tuesday, March 13, 2012

"Is it a bug or a feature?" asks security expert!

Software Quality Engineer, Gregory Pope, of Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory is to deliver a keynote address during the ISA Safety and Security Division Symposium (25-27 April 2012 Anaheim CA USA).

Gregory Pope, "ís it a bug or a feature?"
Pope will address ISA Safety and Security Division Symposium attendees on the topic of “Is it a Bug or a Feature?” His presentation will cover who should do software testing, when it should be done, some of the more useful test types and what makes a test “good.” He will also explore the value of pretest activities, such as requirement analysis; inspections and static analysis; the role of dynamic code analysis and test automation, including where to find requirements for testing, effective test design techniques and metrics for measuring the quality of tests.

His abstract states the following about his topic: "Computer-controlled systems are becoming larger and more complex and increasingly being used in automation of security and safety related applications. The effort required for testing this software and its interaction with other components in these systems is often underappreciated. Software can seldom be fully tested and proved to be without defect; however, techniques exist to substantially lower the risks of using software.”

Jim Gilsinn, ISA Security Track Program Chair, says, “Greg Pope has a zest for safety and Software Quality Assurance (SQA). He is a leader in the field, as proven by his track record; SQA group leader for Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, project leader for advanced simulation, founder of a software testing company, patent holder and chairman of various societies to list a few. Greg is a sought- after speaker in the SQA community. The timing could not be better for him to present the keynote at this year's ISA Safety and Security Division Symposium. Industrial control system designers can take advantage of open and IT-based technology, although there is a great need within the safety and control communities to address SQA. Ensuring that systems are robust and secure enough for today's software-dependent and complex systems is incredibly important for both the vendors that produce products and the end users that install those products in their applications.”

Pope has more than 40 years of experience developing software in the commercial and government sectors.

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