Finding and Fixing Vulnerabilities in Information Systems: by Philip S. Anton, Robert H. Anderson, Richard Mesic, Michael

By Philip S. Anton, Robert H. Anderson, Richard Mesic, Michael Scheiern

Introduces the Vulnerability evaluation and Mitigation technique, which publications its clients via a finished overview of vulnerabilities throughout all sapects of data platforms.

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Vulnerabilities should be reviewed at various levels within a system. , software that interfaces directly with communication lines), and so on. 1 System Objects Design/ Architectural Behavioral General Vulnerability Attributes Physical Cyber Human/Social Infrastructure 14 Finding and Fixing Vulnerabilities in Information Systems: VAM Methodology judgments of the criticality are important lest the user get buried in noncritical details. Along with the vulnerability taxonomy, the evaluator should review past experience with the critical systems, asking the following questions: • What has failed in the past?

Complacency. , poor administrative procedures or insufficient screening) or responsiveness implies a weak security posture and an inability to respond to threats. Corruptibility or Controllability. These attributes imply a weakness that can be exploited to make an object act in error or become a malevolent agent. Examples include people that can be manipulated or corrupted into insider threats; inputs, outputs, and memory that can be changed; and systems or organizations that can be controlled without the knowledge of their individual components.

Behavioral Sensitivity or Fragility. These attributes involve how the object behaves or reacts, and how robust the object is to changes in input and environmental conditions. Examples include behavioral, functional, and operational sensitivity to actions, configurations, settings, inputs, etc. Malevolence. , insider threats) can directly damage the function of the system or be exploited by external entities to increase their malevolence. Rigidity. Rigidity or lack of adaptiveness involves configurations, behaviors, or responses not easily changed in response to an attack.

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