Special Issue "Security Patterns in Industry"

A special issue of Future Internet (ISSN 1999-5903).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2018

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Eduardo B. Fernandez

Department of Computer and Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431, USA
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Dear Colleagues,

Security patterns are widely considered to be a good way to build secure systems, but they are still rarely used in industry. It is not that security patterns are not used, it is just that they should be used more. One reason is that are not considered easy to apply, a somewhat unfair critique since several pattern-based methodologies exist to build secure systems in a systematic way (Uzunov et al. 2012). We analyzed this problem in a recent paper [Fer16], where we considered the need for more experimental evaluations.

Security patterns are starting to be accepted, with some companies producing catalogs in books and in the web, including IBM (IBM2016), Sun (Oracle) (Steel et al. 2005), General Dynamics, and Microsoft (Botez, Microsoft). In particular, our patterns (Fernandez 2013) have appeared in industrial catalogs and have been used in a few industrial projects. We know of other projects: Hafiz and Johnson describe the improvements to a complex industrial software architecture using security and reliability patterns (Hafiz and Johnson 2008); the Tizen operating system includes several security patterns (Gadyatskaya et al. 2014); the Australian Center of Defense has used them in an advanced project (Docking et al.). We would like to hear from people using security patterns and find out their experiences with them. Another related question is: Do we have better alternatives: Tactics (Bass2012)? Aspects (Ray et al.)? Others?

Prof. Dr. Eduardo B. Fernandez
Guest Editor

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  • Security patterns
  • Software security
  • Secure systems design
  • Software patterns
  • Software engineering

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