An Incident Management Ontology

Dave Mundie, Robin Ruefle, Audrey J. Dorofee, John McCloud, Samuel J. Perl, Matthew L. Collins


In this paper, the authors outline the need for and the development of an Incident Management Ontology. The Incident Management Ontology is derived from an Incident Management Meta-Model. We describe the shortcomings of the Incident Management Meta-Model and how the Incident Management Ontology addresses these shortcomings. The development of the Incident Management Ontology is outlined and the need for such an ontology is discussed. Related work is described and the Incident Management Ontology's potential uses and applications are presented.


Categories: Incident Management

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About the Speakers

Dave Mundie

David Mundie is a member of the CSIRT Development Team within the CERT® Program at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI), a unit of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA. He has been at CERT since 2000 and has worked in a variety of areas including insider threat, malware analysis, and incident management capability metrics. From 2006 to 2009, he was a member of the Q-CERT project, which established a national information security team for the country of Qatar. David's current research interests include formal ontologies for information security, insider threat patterns, and models of incident information sharing. Prior to joining CERT, he worked at Texas Instruments and Western Digital on compiler development, test engineering, and process improvement.

Robin Ruefle

Robin Ruefle is a member of the technical staff of the CERT Program at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University. Ruefle's focus is on the development of management, procedural, and technical guidelines and practices for the establishment, maturation, operation, and evaluation of Computer Security Incident Response Teams (CSIRTs) worldwide. As a member of the CSIRT Development Team, Ruefle develops and delivers courses for CSIRT managers and incident handling staff. Ruefle has co-authored: Handbook for CSIRTs 2nd Edition, Organizational Models for CSIRTs Handbook, CSIRT Services List, State of the Practice of CSIRTs, Defining Incident Management Processes for CSIRTs: A Work in Progress, and numerous other articles and guides. She is currently working with the rest of the CSIRT Development Team on developing a methodology for assessing CSIRT and incident management operations. As part of this work she co-authorized the beta version of the Federal Computer Network Defense (CND) Metrics. The Federal CND Metrics are being developed to provide federal, state, and local agencies with a method for evaluating the effectiveness of an agencys incident management or CSIRT capability (focusing on the Protect, Detect, Respond, and Sustain functions). Ruefle received a BS in political science and an MPIA (Master of Public and International Affairs) from the University of Pittsburgh. She has also taught courses in information technology, management information systems, and information retrieval and analysis as an adjunct faculty member in the both the Continuing Education and MBA programs at Chatham College and in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) at the University of Pittsburgh.

Audrey J. Dorofee
John McCloud
Samuel J. Perl
Matthew L. Collins