A Review and Catalog of Security Metric during the Secure Software Development Life Cycle

Author(s): G.C. Sampada, Tende Ivo Sake, Amrita*

Journal Name: Recent Advances in Electrical & Electronic Engineering
Formerly Recent Patents on Electrical & Electronic Engineering

Volume 14 , Issue 4 , 2021

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Background: With the advancement in the field of software development, software poses threats and risks to customers’ data and privacy. Most of these threats are persistent because security is mostly considered as a feature or a non-functional requirement, not taken into account during the Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC).

Introduction: In order to evaluate the security performance of a software system, it is necessary to integrate the security metrics during the SDLC. The appropriate security metrics adopted for each phase of SDLC aids in defining the security goals and objectives of the software as well as quantify the security in the software.

Methods: This paper presents a review and catalog of security metrics that can be adopted during the distinguishable phases of SDLC, security metrics for vulnerability and risk assessment reported in the literature for secure development of software. The practices of these metrics enable software security experts to improve the security characteristics of the software being developed. The critical analysis of security metrics of each phase and their comparison are also discussed.

Results: Security metrics obtained during the development processes help to improve the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of software. Hence, it is imperative to consider security during the development of the software, which can be done with the use of software security metrics.

Conclusion: This paper reviews the various security metrics that are meditated in the copious phases during the progression of the SDLC in order to provide researchers and practitioners with substantial knowledge for adaptation and further security assessment.

Keywords: Security, metrics, software development life cycle, threats, risks, vulnerabilities, secure software.

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Article Details

Year: 2021
Published on: 01 December, 2020
Page: [398 - 405]
Pages: 8
DOI: 10.2174/2352096513999201201121823
Price: $25

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