A Semantic Model for Security Evaluation of Information Systems


  • Elena Doynikova St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6707-9153
  • Andrey Fedorchenko St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5727-653X
  • Igor Kotenko St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6859-7120




Security evaluation, security assessment, semantics, metrics, ontology, cyber attacks, intelligent data analysis


Modern information systems are characterized by huge security related data streams. For cyber security management in such systems, novel models and techniques for efficient processing of these data streams are required. The paper considers development and application of a semantic model for security evaluation. The proposed model is represented as the ontology of metrics that is based on the relations between sources of security related data, primary features of initial security data and goals of security evaluation. The set of hierarchically interconnected security metrics is mapped to the data features and security evaluation goals. The relations between these metrics within the proposed ontology provide the basis for security evaluation technique. The paper introduces the proposed ontology and its foundations, and briefly describes the developed technique. The analysis of data in the open sources is conducted, and the case study is provided to show applicability of the approach.


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Author Biographies

Elena Doynikova , St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia

Elena Doynikova received her PhD in St.Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of the Russian Academy of Sciences (SPIIRAS) in 2017. In 2015 she was awarded the medal of the Russian Academy of Science in area of computer science, computer engineering and automation. Currently she is a senior researcher of computer security problems laboratory, SPIIRAS. Research interests: information systems security, risk analysis and security decision support methods, security metrics, information security risk management. She is the author of more than 50 publications and has participated in several projects devoted to information systems security research.

Andrey Fedorchenko, St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia

Andrey Fedorchenko is a junior researcher of computer security problems laboratory, SPIIRAS. Research interests: computer network security, intelligent data analysis, intrusion detection, malware. She is the author of more than 40 publications and has participated in several projects devoted to information systems security research.

Igor Kotenko, St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation of the Russian Academy of Sciences, St. Petersburg, Russia

Igor Kotenko graduated with honors from St. Petersburg Academy of Space Engineering and St. Petersburg Signal Academy. He obtained the Ph.D. degree in 1990 and the National degree of Doctor of Engineering Science in 1999. He is Professor of computer science and Head of the Laboratory of Computer Security Problems of St. Petersburg Institute for Informatics and Automation. He is the author of more than 500 refereed publications. He has a high experience in the research on computer network security and participated in several projects on developing new security technologies. For example, he was a project leader in the research projects from the US Air Force research department, via its EOARD (European Office of Aerospace Research and Development) branch, EU FP7 and FP6 Projects, HP, Intel, F-Secure, etc. The research results of Igor Kotenko were tested and implemented in more than fifty Russian research and development projects.


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