Environment Aware Report: A Minimalist Approach To a Complex Problem, Version 1.1
Final rept. 1 Jul-31 Dec 2003
NET SQUARED INC DAVIS CA
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Report developed under SBIR contract for Topic No. N03-T010. In an ideal world, system and network administrators would keep all of their systems fully patched all the time. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons few sites have the luxury of such an approach. Given that administrators cannot apply all possible countermeasures e.g., patches, our next best strategy is to identify an ordering of countermeasures that will provide the optimal level of security for a given amount of changes to the network. One of the primary approaches to identify this optimized ordering is through attack graph analysis, and this approach has received considerable attention recently. Unfortunately, there are a number of critical problems with this strategy. This paper presents an approach that takes advantage of simple filtering capabilities in commodity routers that partially addresses the limitation of the attack graph strategy. Furthermore, in at least one problem, dealing with unknown vulnerabilities, the simple strategy presented in this paper can produce better results than the attack graph approach.
- Operations Research
- Computer Systems Management and Standards