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Cyber Security Engineering: A Practical Approach for Systems and Software Assurance

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Cyber Security Engineering: A Practical Approach for Systems and Software Assurance


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• SEI's complete, practical guide to developing and acquiring secure systems
• Includes modern cybersecurity principles derived from important new case studies
• Shows how to make effective system and software engineering decisions to achieve operational security
• Helps you identify and evaluate existing cybersecurity engineering competencies and capabilities, define and prioritize needs, plan improvements, and measure progress
• The latest title in the SEI Series in Software Engineering, from the Software Engineering Institute, world renowned experts in software assurance for government and industry


  • Copyright 2017
  • Dimensions: 7" x 9-1/8"
  • Pages: 384
  • Edition: 1st
  • Book
  • ISBN-10: 0-13-418980-9
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-418980-2

Cyber Security Engineering is the definitive modern reference and tutorial on the full range of capabilities associated with modern cyber security engineering. Pioneering software assurance experts Dr. Nancy R. Mead and Dr. Carol C. Woody bring together comprehensive best practices for building software systems that exhibit superior operational security, and for considering security throughout your full system development and acquisition lifecycles.

Drawing on their pioneering work at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) and Carnegie Mellon University, Mead and Woody introduce seven core principles of software assurance, and show how to apply them coherently and systematically. Using these principles, they help you prioritize the wide range of possible security actions available to you, and justify the required investments.

Cyber Security Engineering guides you through risk analysis, planning to manage secure software development, building organizational models, identifying required and missing competencies, and defining and structuring metrics. Mead and Woody address important topics, including the use of standards, engineering security requirements for acquiring COTS software, applying DevOps, analyzing malware to anticipate future vulnerabilities, and planning ongoing improvements.

This book will be valuable to wide audiences of practitioners and managers with responsibility for systems, software, or quality engineering, reliability, security, acquisition, or operations. Whatever your role, it can help you reduce operational problems, eliminate excessive patching, and deliver software that is more resilient and secure.


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Please visit the authors' site at www.cert.org/cybersecurity-engineering.

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Cyber Security Engineering: Lifecycle Assurance of Systems and Software

Table of Contents

Chapter 1:  Cyber Security Engineering: Lifecycle Assurance of Systems and Software
Chapter 2:  Risk Analysis—Identifying and Prioritizing Needs
Chapter 3:  Secure Software Development Management and Organizational Models
Chapter 4:  Engineering Competencies
Chapter 5:  Performing Gap Analysis
Chapter 6:  Metrics
Chapter 7:  Special Topics in Cyber Security Engineering
Chapter 8:  Summary and Plan for Improvements in Cyber Security Engineering Performance
Appendix A:  WEA Case Study: Evaluating Security Risks Using Mission Threads
Appendix B:  The MSwA Body of Knowledge with Maturity Levels Added
Appendix C:  The Software Assurance Curriculum Project
Appendix D:  The Software Assurance Competency Model Designations
Appendix E:  Proposed SwA Competency Mappings
Appendix F:  BSIMM Assessment Final Report
Appendix G:  Measures from Lifecycle Activities, Security Resources, and Software Assurance Principles


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