Technical Report : Security Engineering

Report Number: Technical Report SERC-2012-TR-028-1

Report Name: Security Engineering

Publication Date: January 31, 2012

This report presents the major results for the Security Engineering research effort funded through the Systems Engineering Research Center. A major result of the efforts to-date are the introduction of a point defense approach to cyber security that provides defense solutions that are embedded in the systems to be protected (as opposed to the access perimeter to those systems and the networks that support those systems). These solutions are referred to as System Aware security because their designs depend upon intimate knowledge of the designs of the systems being protected. In addition to introducing a new design concept for cyber security, a scoring system has been introduced that provides a basis for comparing alternative security architectures that employ point defense solutions. The results to-date have been documented in a paper that has been accepted for publication in the peer reviewed journal, Systems Engineering, Vol 15, No 2 in 2012.