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Towards Safe and Secure Systems of Systems: Challenges and Opportunities



Avenir Kobetski , Jakob Axelsson

Publication Type:

Conference/Workshop Paper


32nd ACM SIGAPP Symposium On Applied Computing


While systems of systems (SoS) are starting to reach the market, it is not entirely evident how to analyze safety, and on a high level also security, of such systems. In fact, speci c characteristics of SoS, such as independence, changing con- stitution, evolutionary development, and emergent behavior, provide certain challenges to the safety analysis. In this pa- per, such challenges are summarized and a systems theoretic safety analysis method, abbreviated as STAMP, is evaluated on an automotive SoS application example. In conclusion, STAMP seems well positioned to serve as a base for a future method for safety and, to a certain degree, security analysis of SoS, although some work remains to be done. The advan- tages and limitations of the STAMP approach when dealing with SoS are discussed.


author = {Avenir Kobetski and Jakob Axelsson},
title = {Towards Safe and Secure Systems of Systems: Challenges and Opportunities},
month = {April},
year = {2017},
booktitle = {32nd ACM SIGAPP Symposium On Applied Computing},
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