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Can We Ever Build Survivable Systems from COTS Components?

  • December 2001
  • By Howard F. Lipson, Nancy R. Mead, Andrew P. Moore
  • In this 2001 report, the authors describe a risk-mitigation framework for deciding when and how COTS components can be used to build survivable systems.
  • Publisher: Software Engineering Institute
    CMU/SEI Report Number: CMU/SEI-2001-TN-030
  • Abstract

    Using commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components to build large, complex systems has become the standard way that systems are designed and implemented by government and industry. Much of the literature on COTS-based systems concedes that such systems are not suitable for mission-critical applications. However, there is considerable evidence that COTS-based systems are being used in domains where significant economic damage and even loss of life are possible in the event of a major system failure or compromise. Can we ever build such systems so that the risks are commensurate with those typically taken in other areas of life and commerce? 

    This paper describes a risk-mitigation framework for deciding when and how COTS components can be used to build survivable systems. Successful application of the framework requires working with vendors to reduce the risks associated with using the vendors' products, and improving and making the best use of your own organization's risk-management skills.

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SEI

Lipson, Howard; Mead, Nancy; & Moore, Andrew. Can We Ever Build Survivable Systems from COTS Components?. CMU/SEI-2001-TN-030. Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. 2001. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5581

IEEE

Lipson. Howard, Mead. Nancy, and Moore. Andrew, "Can We Ever Build Survivable Systems from COTS Components?," Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Technical Note CMU/SEI-2001-TN-030, 2001. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5581

APA

Lipson, Howard., Mead, Nancy., & Moore, Andrew. (2001). Can We Ever Build Survivable Systems from COTS Components? (CMU/SEI-2001-TN-030). Retrieved May 23, 2017, from the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University website: http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5581

CHI

Howard Lipson, Nancy Mead, & Andrew Moore. Can We Ever Build Survivable Systems from COTS Components? (CMU/SEI-2001-TN-030). Pittsburgh, PA: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, 2001. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5581

MLA

Lipson, Howard., Mead, Nancy., & Moore, Andrew. 2001. Can We Ever Build Survivable Systems from COTS Components? (Technical Report CMU/SEI-2001-TN-030). Pittsburgh: Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University. http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5581

BibTex

@techreport{LipsonCanWe2001,
title={Can We Ever Build Survivable Systems from COTS Components?},
author={Howard Lipson and Nancy Mead and Andrew Moore},
year={2001},
number={CMU/SEI-2001-TN-030},
institution={Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University},
address={Pittsburgh, PA},
url={http://resources.sei.cmu.edu/library/asset-view.cfm?AssetID=5581} }