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MacB Publishes Paper on Ensuring the Health of Critical Cyber Systems

MacAulay-Brown, Inc. Publishes White Paper on New Cyber Index Model to Ensure the Health of Critical Cyber Environments    

DAYTON, Ohio, June 16, 2014 – MacAulay-Brown, Inc. (MacB), a leading National Security company delivering advanced engineering services and product solutions to Defense, Intelligence, Special Operations Forces, Homeland Security and Federal agencies, announced today that it has published a White Paper on ground breaking Cybersecurity research conducted by MacB researchers. The Index of Cyber Integrity (ICI) paper is available for download on MacB’s website.

The ICI, which is modeled after the Index of Biological Integrity (IBI), provides a holistic measure of the health of a system under test in a cyber-environment. Currently, no metric exists to capture application and attack specific details. Thus, government and industry are left to use static, ad-hoc methods for generating evaluations of the security of critical systems. Penetration testing and cyber evaluation tests where security professionals simulate an attack are effective in discovering potential vulnerabilities. These evaluations are very valuable, providing indications of improper system configuration, hardware and software flaws or operational weaknesses. Unfortunately, these evaluations are unable to provide a holistic view of application and system performance while under attack and there is no definable and repeatable security performance metrics. The MacB ICI provides an index of cyber health through a collection of application and system specific metrics to completely measure system integrity.

“It is not feasible to model all aspects of complex cyber systems by traditional means,” siad Dr. Gustave Anderson, author of the paper and a senior researcher at MacB. “The ICI provides a broad base measure that integrates application and system specific metrics that gives an indication of health of a system under test in a cyber-environment.”

Last month, Dr. Anderson presented the paper at the SPIE Defense Sensing and Security (DSS) 2014 conference, which was held at the Baltimore Convention Center, May 5-9, 2014.

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