Professional services firms support High Integrity Software Conference

20 September 2017 3 min. read

AdaCore and Altran have announced their renewed sponsorship of the annual High Integrity Software Conference. The conference, which takes place in Bristol on 17th October 2017, will aim to give attendees insight into the rapidly evolving software sphere.

In November 2016, professional services firm Altran and IT company AdaCore served as the main partners of the annual High Integrity Software Conference. The event saw software specialists, mathematicians and information technology from across the UK find their way to Bristol to attend the event, gaining insights in the latest trends and developments in the high tech software space. Now, joined by fellow core sponsor Jaguar Land Rover, both AdaCore and Altran have returned to support the Conference in 2017.

Founded in 1994, AdaCore supplies software development and verification tools for mission-critical, safety-critical, and security- critical systems. As a global leader in Engineering and R&D services, meanwhile, Altran offers its clients a new way to innovate by developing the products and services that may shape the economy of the future. Altran works alongside its clients on every link in the value chain of their project, from conception to industrialisation. As such, both firms are well placed to support the aims and themes of the High Integrity Software Conference.

HIS 2017

As it returns to Bristol, now in its fourth year, the mission of the High Integrity Software Conference is to share challenges, best practice and experiences between software engineering practitioners engaged in complex systems. The conference, which is also endorsed by official supporters BAE Systems – recently found to be among the top 10 largest cybersecurity and security consulting firms – and Jaguar Land Rover, while playing host to a number of industrial exhibitors.

This year’s conference programme captures large-scale corporate and industrial concerns right down to individual experiences of software vulnerability. Illustrating this stark contrast, speakers include Robert Martin of MITRE will discuss his involvement in international cyber security initiatives, which aim to encourage better quality software development (including CWE), while Dr Marie Moe will share her personal journey, investigating the integrity of her own critical infrastructure – her pacemaker.

Failures in software assurance of any size have the potential to be catastrophic in a society that has become increasingly reliant on software-intensive electronic systems. Earlier in the year, a report into the use of automation in medicine found UK respondents among the least willing to place their lives in the hands of a machine, in an increasingly insecure seeming world of cyberattacks. HIS 2017 comes during a year when the UK has been plagued by a host of high-profile hacks, affecting the systems of institutions as vital as the National Health Service and Houses of Parliament.

Stuart Matthews, SPARK Product Manager at Altran UK, said, “In this age of digital dependency the need for trustworthy software has never been greater, which is why a conference promoting best practice in software development is so important. We’re delighted with our programme, which is designed to offer a variety of perspectives; corporate, academic and personal.”

“Software reliability and security are becoming more and more important in today’s connected era,” added Jamie Ayre, Commercial Team Lead at AdaCore. “The High Integrity Software Conference provides a venue to meet with experts and peers alike and share best practices for building robust software applications.”