A network security metric is desirable in evaluating the effectiveness of security solutions in distributed systems. Aggregating CVSS scores of individual vulnerabilities provides a practical approach to network security metric. However, existing approaches to aggregating CVSS scores usually cause useful semantics of individual scores to be lost in the aggregated result. In this apper, we address this issue through two novel approaches. First, instead of taking each base score as an input, our approach drills down to the underlying base metric level where dependency relationships have well-defined semantics. Second, our approach interprets and aggregates the base metrics from three different aspects in order to preserve corresponding semantics of the individual scores. Finally, we confirm the advantages of our approaches through simulation.
Proceedings Title: IEEE Symposium on Reliable Distributed Systems (SRDS) Conference
Conference Dates: October 8-11, 2012
Conference Location: Irvine, CA
Pub Type: Conferences
CVSS, security metrics, security risk, threats