Threat analysis of software systems: a systematic literature review

Tuma, K., Calikli, G. and Scandariato, R. (2018) Threat analysis of software systems: a systematic literature review. Journal of Systems and Software, 144, pp. 275-294. (doi: 10.1016/j.jss.2018.06.073)

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Architectural threat analysis has become an important cornerstone for organizations concerned with developing secure software. Due to the large number of existing techniques it is becoming more challenging for practitioners to select an appropriate threat analysis technique. Therefore, we conducted a systematic literature review (SLR) of the existing techniques for threat analysis. In our study we compare 26 methodologies for what concerns their applicability, characteristics of the required input for analysis, characteristics of analysis procedure, characteristics of analysis outcomes and ease of adoption. We also provide insight into the obstacles for adopting the existing approaches and discuss the current state of their adoption in software engineering trends (e.g. Agile, DevOps, etc.). As a summary of our findings we have observed that: the analysis procedure is not precisely defined, there is a lack of quality assurance of analysis outcomes and tool support and validation are limited.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Calikli, Dr Handan Gul
Authors: Tuma, K., Calikli, G., and Scandariato, R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Computing Science
Journal Name:Journal of Systems and Software
ISSN (Online):1873-1228
Published Online:23 June 2018

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