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Dependability - A Unifying Concept

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This paper discusses the need for a clear set of dependability concepts and terminology, adequate for situations in which there are uncertainties about system boundaries, the very complexity of systems (and their specifications, if they have any) is a major problem, judgements as to possible causes or consequences of failure may need to be very subtle, and there are only fallible provisions for preventing faults from causing failures. It then relates this terminology to that used in the survivability, critical infrastructures, information warfare, and intrusion detection research communities, before describing the European Depenadability Initiative, a contribution to the planning of the European Union's Information Society Technologies (IST) Programme.

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Author(s): Randell B

Editor(s): Amman, P.

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: Workshop on Computer Security, Dependability and Assurance: From Needs to Solutions

Year of Conference: 1998

Pages: 16-25

Publisher: IEEE Computer Society Press, Los Alamitos, CA


DOI: 10.1109/CSDA.1998.798354

Library holdings: Search Newcastle University Library for this item

ISBN: 0769503373