OntoEDS: Protecting Energy Delivery Systems by Collaboratively Analyzing Security Requirements

Josephine Lamp, Carlos E. Rubio-Medrano, Ziming Zhao, Gail-Joon Ahn

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3 Scopus citations

Abstract

Sophisticated attacks on Energy Delivery Systems (EDS) are no longer theoretical, and instead pose a serious threat to American economies. The EDS community has worked collaboratively to develop security requirements to protect EDS against such attacks, but the documents that contain these requirements are often dense, ambiguous and difficult for humans to understand, resulting in highly subjective security implementa-tions that reduce their effectiveness. Therefore, there is a need for a methodology that models and visualizes security requirements enabling quick retrieval, understanding and analysis, along with the evaluation and evolution of the implementations of such requirements within EDS. With this in mind, this paper presents a collaborative tool called OntoEDS that provides a well-defined representation of security requirements within ontological representations, and a set of ontology exploration techniques to analyze and evaluate the implementations of such requirements against the current attack surface. We also present a case study exemplifying the usefulness of our tool surrounding the series of EDS attacks that occurred in Ukraine in 2015 and 2016.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings - 2017 IEEE 3rd International Conference on Collaboration and Internet Computing, CIC 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1-10
Number of pages10
Volume2017-January
ISBN (Electronic)9781538625651
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 9 2017
Event3rd IEEE International Conference on Collaboration and Internet Computing, CIC 2017 - San Jose, United States
Duration: Oct 15 2017Oct 17 2017

Other

Other3rd IEEE International Conference on Collaboration and Internet Computing, CIC 2017
CountryUnited States
CitySan Jose
Period10/15/1710/17/17

Keywords

  • Collaboration
  • EDS
  • Energy Delivery Systems
  • Ontologies
  • Ontology Protection
  • Requirement Analysis
  • Security Requirements

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management of Technology and Innovation
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Communication

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    Lamp, J., Rubio-Medrano, C. E., Zhao, Z., & Ahn, G-J. (2017). OntoEDS: Protecting Energy Delivery Systems by Collaboratively Analyzing Security Requirements. In Proceedings - 2017 IEEE 3rd International Conference on Collaboration and Internet Computing, CIC 2017 (Vol. 2017-January, pp. 1-10). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/CIC.2017.00012