A tool for security metrics modeling and visualization

Outi-Marja Latvala, Jyri Toivonen, Jarkko Kuusijärvi, Antti Evesti

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    Measuring the security level of an information system to acquire reliable perception of its state requires the use of various different security metrics that can provide extensive security evidence of the system. Visualization can then be used to facilitate the management of the security metrics and measurements and to enhance understanding on their relationships. This paper introduces a tool for modeling and monitoring the security state of a system and focuses on the visualization aspects of the tool. The security metrics of a system are organized hierarchically in the tool, so that more general and conceptual security metrics on the higher levels are connected to detailed, low-level measurements. The tool helps bring meaningfulness to the security metrics and helps the user be more aware of the security state of the system during runtime use of the tool. By having organized security evidence from high-level objectives to low-level measurements the user is able to act on the security incidents more proficiently.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2014 European Conference on Software Architecture Workshops, ECSAW '14
    Place of PublicationNew York
    PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery ACM
    Number of pages7
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-2778-7
    Publication statusPublished - 2014
    MoE publication typeA4 Article in a conference publication
    Event8th European Conference on Software Architecture Workshops, ECSAW 2014 - Vienna, Austria
    Duration: 25 Aug 201429 Aug 2014


    Conference8th European Conference on Software Architecture Workshops, ECSAW 2014
    Abbreviated titleECSAW 2014


    • security metric
    • visualization
    • situation awareness
    • cyber security


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