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Information 2016, 7(2), 33; doi:10.3390/info7020033

A Framework for Measuring Security as a System Property in Cyberphysical Systems

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Department of Software Engineering, Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft. Myers, FL 33965, USA
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Department of Math & Computer Science, Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, NC 28301, USA
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Air Force Research Laboratory, Rome, NY 13441, USA
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Department of Electrical, Computer, Software, and Systems Engineering, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL 32114, USA
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Department of Computer Science, University of Texas at Tyler, Tyler, TX 75799, USA
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Academic Editor: Eduardo B. Fernandez
Received: 15 February 2016 / Revised: 22 May 2016 / Accepted: 3 June 2016 / Published: 17 June 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Evaluating the Security of Complex Systems)

Abstract

This paper addresses the challenge of measuring security, understood as a system property, of cyberphysical systems, in the category of similar properties, such as safety and reliability. First, it attempts to define precisely what security, as a system property, really is. Then, an application context is presented, in terms of an attack surface in cyberphysical systems. Contemporary approaches related to the principles of measuring software properties are also discussed, with emphasis on building models. These concepts are illustrated in several case studies, based on previous work of the authors, to conduct experimental security measurements. View Full-Text
Keywords: computer security; information security; security assessment; software metrics computer security; information security; security assessment; software metrics
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Zalewski, J.; Buckley, I.A.; Czejdo, B.; Drager, S.; Kornecki, A.J.; Subramanian, N. A Framework for Measuring Security as a System Property in Cyberphysical Systems. Information 2016, 7, 33.

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