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Technical Report

Survivable Network Systems: An Emerging Discipline

  • Abstract

    Society is growing increasingly dependent upon large-scale, highly distributed systems that operate in unbounded network environments. Unbounded networks, such as the Internet, have no central administrative control and no unified security policy. Furthermore, the number and nature of the nodes connected to such networks cannot be fully known. Despite the best efforts of security practitioners, no amount of system hardening can assure that a system that is connected to an unbounded network will be invulnerable to attack. The discipline of survivability can help ensure that such systems can deliver essential services and maintain essential properties such as integrity, confidentiality, and performance, despite the presence of intrusions. Unlike the traditional security measures that require central control or administration, survivability is intended to address unbounded network environments. This report describes the survivability approach to helping assure that a system that must operate in an unbounded network is robust in the presence of attack and will survive attacks that result in successful intrusions. Included are discussions of survivability as an integrated engineering framework, the current state of survivability practice, the specification of survivability requirements, strategies for achieving survivability, and techniques and processes for analyzing survivability.

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SEI

Fisher, David; Linger, Richard; Lipson, Howard; Longstaff, Thomas; Mead, Nancy; & Ellison, Robert. Survivable Network Systems: An Emerging Discipline. CMU/SEI-97-TR-013. Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. 1997. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12905

IEEE

Fisher. David, Linger. Richard, Lipson. Howard, Longstaff. Thomas, Mead. Nancy, and Ellison. Robert, "Survivable Network Systems: An Emerging Discipline," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Report CMU/SEI-97-TR-013, 1997. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12905

APA

Fisher, David., Linger, Richard., Lipson, Howard., Longstaff, Thomas., Mead, Nancy., & Ellison, Robert. (1997). Survivable Network Systems: An Emerging Discipline (CMU/SEI-97-TR-013). Retrieved December 03, 2016, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12905

CHI

David Fisher, Richard Linger, Howard Lipson, Thomas Longstaff, Nancy Mead, & Robert Ellison. Survivable Network Systems: An Emerging Discipline (CMU/SEI-97-TR-013). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 1997. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12905

MLA

Fisher, David., Linger, Richard., Lipson, Howard., Longstaff, Thomas., Mead, Nancy., & Ellison, Robert. 1997. Survivable Network Systems: An Emerging Discipline (Technical Report CMU/SEI-97-TR-013). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12905

BibTex

@techreport{FisherSurvivableNetwork1997,
title={Survivable Network Systems: An Emerging Discipline},
author={David Fisher and Richard Linger and Howard Lipson and Thomas Longstaff and Nancy Mead and Robert Ellison},
year={1997},
number={CMU/SEI-97-TR-013},
institution={Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University},
address={Pittsburgh, PA},
url={http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=12905} }