I will be talking about the philosophy in engineering or the human factor in the development of secure software at the Security Forum in Hagenberg im Mühlkreis, Austria on 22nd of April.
My talk will concentrate on the absence of a holistic, systemic approach in the current software development as a result of taking the scientific approach of “divide and conquer” a bit too far and applying it where it should not be.
It may seem at first that philosophy has nothing to do with software development or with security but that is not so. We, the human beings, operate on a particular philosophical basis, the basis of thinking, whether implied or explicit. Our technologies are fine, what needs change is the human that applies and develops technologies. And the change starts in the mind, with the philosophy that we apply to our understanding of the world.