Security forms for protection against vulnerabilities in computer systems
Paper in proceedings, 1992

This paper describes a taxonomy that reflects concepts within the area of security which was developed with the intention of creating a useful structure for security analysis, estimation and design. Many terms found in the security area are clearly defined, together with a structured approach to the problem of describing the field of security in a simple and yet correct and usable way. Different types of threats are discussed and three major areas of security mechanisms are identified. A discussion is also included of the areas in which vulnerabilities can be found, and is used as a basis for defining six different forms of security. We believe this work has resulted in a usable taxonomy which comprehensively increases the understanding of the area of security. It clearly explains the relationsbetween different forms of security, and the interrelations with threats, attacks and security mechanisms.


Computer security





Tomas Olovsson

Department of Computer Engineering

Erland Jonsson

Department of Computer Engineering

IASTED International conference on Reliability, Quality control and Risk Assessment, Washington DC, USA.


Areas of Advance

Information and Communication Technology

Subject Categories

Information Science



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