November 2016

Managing Cyber Threats to Safety-Critical Systems

Status: This seminar has been cancelled due to low registration.
Date: Thursday, November 3, 2016
Time: 8:00 AM-8:30 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM-4:30 PM: Managing Cyber Threats To Safety-critical Systems
Location: Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Jeffrey Joyce, P. Eng.
Critical Systems Labs Inc.

Laurent Fabre
Critical Systems Labs Inc.

Sandy Buchanan, EIT
Critical Systems Labs Inc.
Credit: 7 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $349.00 + GST = $366.45 until Oct 20, 2016

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $449.00 + GST = $471.45

Non-Member Price: $449.00 + GST = $471.45

Student Member Price: $224.50 + GST = $235.73
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Cyber attacks are not merely a matter of inconvenience and financial loss - they also have the potential to cause harm to people, equipment and the environment. Existing safety mechanisms designed to protect against random failures may not be an adequate defence for knowledgeable attackers intent on causing harm.

Increasing dependence on software automation, remote operation, and inter-connection of “smart” systems are among the technology trends that potentially heighten exposure to security threats.  Transportation systems, public utilities, medical devices, hospital information systems and industrial process control are examples of sectors that face growing concerns about the potential impact of security vulnerabilities on safety risk.
This full-day seminar covers fundamental elements necessary to extend  methods for managing cyber-security risk for complex systems to take account of safety risk. Conventional IT security measures centered on equipment level mitigations such as firewalls and encryption are unlikely to be a complete solution. Such measures need to be complemented by strategies, processes, and techniques that focus on a top-down systems-of-systems understanding of how security threats impact safety – which is the subject of this seminar.
This seminar is primarily intended for executives and managers who are responsible for ensuring that their organization approach to managing cyber security risk is comprehensive. This seminar should also be of interest to professionals responsible for the management of safety risk.

Seminar Objectives

From this training, participants can:
  1. Learn how security threats can increase the risk associated with known safety-related hazards.
  2. Become familiar with sector-specific strategies for integrating security and safety.
  3. Gain an understanding of how an existing security processes can be extended to include consideration of safety risks.
The practical application of concepts covered in this seminar will help an organization:
  1. Identify causes of safety risk that result from security vulnerabilities.
  2. Identify conflicts between security mitigations and safety mitigations which could result in costly changes and delays if not discovered until late in development.
  3. Avoid wasteful duplication of effort, e.g., safety engineers searching for security vulnerabilities that are already known to the security specialists, and vice versa.
  4. More effectively allocate resources to mitigate security risks.
  5. Gain a competitive business advantage in a world marketplace that is increasingly concerned about security threats.


Participants should have a basic familiarity with the cyber-security discipline, as well as a general appreciation of the potential vulnerability of safety-critical systems to cyber attacks.


Jeffrey Joyce, P. Eng. 
Critical Systems Labs Inc.

Dr. Jeffrey Joyce, P.Eng., is the co-founder of Critical Systems Labs Inc. He has a doctorate from the University of Cambridge following earlier degrees from the University of Calgary and the University of Waterloo. Dr. Joyce’s recent and current clients cover a wide spectrum of technical domains ranging from autonomous road vehicles to nuclear fusion reactors. He has contributed to both an aerospace standard for the development of airborne software, RTCA DO 178C, as well as a standard for functional safety of electronic control systems in road vehicles, ISO 26262.


Laurent Fabre
Critical Systems Labs Inc.

Mr. Laurent Fabre is the VP Chief Technology Officer for Critical Systems Labs. He earned a M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the French Institute of Telecommunications, ENST de Bretagne. Mr. Fabre has been involved in safety related engineering projects in a variety of sectors including aerospace, defense, maritime navigation, and rail signaling. He contributed to the development of RTCA DO-326A “Airworthiness Security Process” that addresses information security risks, i.e., cyber-security risks that could impact flight safety. He is knowledgeable about safety standards and relevant regulations in the Aerospace and Defense industries, and currently practices system safety for clients in these industries.


Sandy Buchanan EIT
Critical Systems Labs Inc.

Mr. Sandy Buchanan, EIT, has a Bachelor's degree in Applied Science in Computer Engineering from the University of British Columbia. He has well-rounded experience with software and system testing along with cyber-security analysis including threat identification and penetration testing. His previous professional experience includes employment as a System-Test Engineer with Cisco Systems and additional experience as both a Security Analyst and Technology Solutions Analyst. He currently holds Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and PRINCE2 Foundation certifications. Mr. Buchanan is currently involved in projects for CSL clients in the aerospace, automotive, defense, and energy sectors.

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