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The idea of security aware system development from the start of the engineering process is generally accepted nowadays and is becoming applied in practice. Many recent initiatives support this idea with special focus on security requirements elicitation. However, there are so far no techniques that provide integrated overviews of security threats and system architecture. One way to achieve this is by combining misuse cases with use case maps into misuse case maps (MUCM). This paper presents an experimental evaluation of MUCM diagrams focusing on identification of vulnerabilities and mitigations. The controlled experiment with 33 IT students included a complex hacker intrusion from the literature, illustrated either with MUCM or with alternative diagrams. The results suggest that participants using MUCM found significantly more mitigations than participants using regular misuse cases combined with system architecture diagrams.
Date of Conference: 22-26 Aug. 2011