September 26, 2016

Lethal Avionics: How Complexity and Automation Can Impact Safety in the Cockpit

Modern avionics systems have intelligently evolved over the years with three clear goals in mind: increase automation within the cockpit, reduce workload for pilots and, last but not least, increase safety. This journey of evolution has been extremely beneficial to the industry as a whole due to the fact that is has helped to increase safety levels across the board.

Under specific conditions however, differences in core design features of modern avionics, like auto-pilot systems, when added to the increased complexity caused by automation, conspire to create potentially hazardous situations - even for experienced flight crews.

There have been cases when failures in non-vital aircraft systems actually contributed to major aviation disasters by triggering degraded... Continue reading »

Posted by Anonymous in Avionics

August 25, 2016

On the Road with Steve Barriault - Vector Software

I know it has been a long time since I've written one of these. Honestly, these days my team and I are arch-busy. VectorCAST is being adopted by more and more folks. That makes for busy schedules.

Still, it is important to take the time to appreciate the travel. Right now, I am in China, and it is warm. Very warm and humid. A steamed dumpling, this is how I feel!

I am about to finish this trip. Two training sessions done, three client visits previously in Singapore, one meeting upcoming in Japan. Medical, Auto, Academia - all with very different needs and pretty challenging, intellectually speaking. You learn every day.

Still, one has to take a look at the lighter side of things like the above-right sign at the high-speed train station. Not sure what they mean by "... Continue reading »

Posted by Steve Barriault in Journal Entry

August 23, 2016

Dr Andrew V. Jones - Vector Software

Headed up by Dr Andrew Jones, research engineer at Vector Software, the newly-launched Vector Software Innovation Lab’s latest project is exploring the application of dynamic unit testing in software security. The innovation lab believes that approaches based on the “synthesis” of executions leading to specific software issues (i.e., the automatic construction of a dynamic test demonstrating a given vulnerability) will become a powerful weapon in the security mitigation arsenal.

Posted by Anna Barcelos in Security

August 11, 2016

Remembering John Day, Industry Expert in Automotive Electronics and Vietnam War Veteran

We are deeply saddened by the passing of John Day, U.S. Army veteran and electronics industry expert, who passed away on July 31, 2016.

John’s contributions to the engineering community will be greatly missed. By combining his skills in journalism and his knowledge in electronics, John helped thousands of engineers worldwide by reporting on new technology and innovative solutions to design problems.

Posted by Michael Rielly in Journal Entry

July 11, 2016

How Baseline Testing can help with your legacy code bases

Baseline Testing, also known as characterization testing provides multiple benefits to your organization. One of which is filling the gaps on legacy code bases that have inadequate test cases. Often the lack of sufficient tests means that when the application is modified the changes break existing functionality. Having test cases that formalize and hold the behavior of an existing piece of software enables developers to refactor and enhance the application with confidence. Vector Software’s proprietary technology allows the company to build huge suites of test cases for legacy applications, which provide an immediate improvement to quality. 

Automatic test case generation (ATG) is a huge benefit that comes with Vector Software’s technology. We can quickly provide a baseline set... Continue reading »

Posted by Bill McCaffrey in Technical Debt

July 07, 2016

Vector Software’s Dr Andrew V. Jones Presenting at NIST Software Security Workshop

Dr Andrew V. Jones will present “Dynamically Proving That Security Issues Exist” at the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) Software Measures and Metrics to Reduce Security Vulnerabilities Workshop on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 1:40 PM ET in the Green Auditorium at NIST in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Dr Jones’ presentation will focus on more accurate ways to perform security testing to find and prove the legitimacy of vulnerabilities, significantly reducing false positive results. 

Posted by Anna Barcelos in Events, Security, Software Quality