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Publication Citation: A Framework for Measuring the Vulnerability of Hosts

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Author(s): Karen A. Scarfone; Timothy Grance;
Title: A Framework for Measuring the Vulnerability of Hosts
Published: June 30, 2008
Abstract: This paper proposes a framework for measuring the vulnerability of individual hosts based on current and historical operational data for vulnerabilities and attacks. Previous approaches have not been scalable because they relied on complex manually constructed models, and most approaches have examined software flaws only, not other vulnerabilities such as software misconfiguration and user misbehavior. The framework uses a metrics-based approach that can be mostly automated, producing rapid and consistent measurements for quantitative risk assessment and for attack and vulnerability modeling. In this paper, we propose the framework and its components and describe the work planned to implement them.
Conference: 1st International Conference on Information Technology
Location: Gdansk,
Dates: May 18-21, 2008
Keywords: attack measurement; host security; quantitative risk assessment; security metrics; threat modeling; vulnerability measurement; vulnerability scoring
Research Areas: Cybersecurity
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