Evolving secure information systems through attack simulation

Elmar Kiesling, Andreas Ekelhart, Bernhard Grill, Christine Strauss, Christian Stummer

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In this paper, we introduce a simulation-based, evolutionary approach for analyzing and improving the security of complex information systems. Rather than following a purely technical approach, we bring in a social and behavioral perspective through a combination of conceptual security knowledge modeling, behavioral modeling of threat agents, simulation of attacks, and evolutionary optimization.
Based on results from numerous attack simulations for various internal and external attackers, metrics such as impact on confidentiality, availability, and integrity of the simulated attacks are monitored and efficient sets of security controls with respect to multiple risk, cost and benefit objectives are determined. We describe the developed approach as well as a prototypical implementation and demonstrate its applicability by means of an illustrative example.
TitelProceedings of the 47th Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, HICSS 2014
Herausgeber (Verlag)IEEE Computer Society
ISBN (Print)9781479925049
PublikationsstatusVeröffentlicht - 2014

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