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Getting grip on security requirements elicitation by structuring and reusing security requirements sources

: Schmitt, Christian; Liggesmeyer, Peter


Complex Systems Informatics and Modeling Quarterly (2015), Nr.3, S.15-34
ISSN: 2255-9922
Fraunhofer IESE ()
compliance; requirements reuse; requirements engineering; system security engineering; software security

This paper presents a model for structuring and reusing security requirements sources. The model serves as blueprint for the development of an organization-specific repository, which provides relevant security requirements sources, such as security information and knowledge sources and relevant compliance obligations, in a structured and reusable form. The resulting repository is intended to be used by development teams during the elicitation and analysis of security requirements with the goal to understand the security problem space, incorporate all relevant requirements sources, and to avoid unnecessary effort for identifying, understanding, and correlating applicable security requirements sources on a project-wise basis. We start with an overview and categorization of important security requirements sources, followed by the description of the generic model. To demonstrate the applicability and benefits of the model, the instantiation approach and details of the resulting repository of security requirements sources are presented.