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The need for information security is self-evident. The pervasiveness of this critical topic requires primarily risk assessment and management through quantitative means. To do an assessment, repeated security probes, surveys, and input data measurements must be taken and verified toward the goal of risk mitigation. One can evaluate risk using a probabilistically accurate statistical estimation scheme in a quantitative security meter (SM) model that mimics the events of the breach of security. An empirical study is presented and verified by discrete-event and Monte Carlo simulations. The design improves as more data are collected and updated. Practical aspects of the SM are presented with a real-world example and a risk-management scenario.
Instrumentation and Measurement, IEEE Transactions on (Volume:57 , Issue: 6 )
Date of Publication: June 2008