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Re: mapping vulnerabilities into high medium low risk
From: "George W. Capehart" <gwc () capehassoc com>
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 2003 09:53:56 -0400

On Wednesday 17 September 2003 10:22 pm, thomasng () bigfella is-a-geek net 
Hi All,
Thanks for all your help.
From the responses, I guess there alot of overlap of pen-test and
risk assessment than I thought. I agree that alot of times, you have
to consider the cost of the compromised information to the customer.
However, from a technical point of view of a PT, the risk is the same
of a root exploit present in a system without production data compare
to a system with production data.


Sorry I got into this thread late.  There are a couple of other sources 
that might be very helpful.  NIST SP 800-12 has, IMHO, the best 
introduction to risk assessment and assessment strategies I've seen 
(Chapter 7, Computer Security Risk Management).  Another great source 
for when there's more time to read and digest is Thomas Peltier's 
_Information_Security_Risk_Analysis_ ISBN 0-8493-0880-1.  Finally, 
Section 10 of ISO/IEC TR 13335-2 (Corporate Risk Analysis Strategy 
Options) is also good.  800-12 and 13335 are quicker reading.  I'd 
recommend them first . . .  I think they'd help you work through your 
decision-making process with your team.

My $0.02.


George Capehart
George W. Capehart

"With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine . . ."
 -- RFC 1925

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