Thesis on Software Project Risk Management

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A SYSTEMS MODELING DESIGN UTILIZING AN OBJECT-ORIENTED APPROACH CONCERNING INFORMATION RISK MANAGEMENT Noriaki Suzuki Master of Science in Systems Engineering, 2005 Fall Nelson X. Liu, Assistant Research Scientist, Institute for Systems Research

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Adopting advanced information technologies within the present broad application fields requires precise security. However, security problems regarding information privacy have occurred frequently over the last 5 years despite the contribution of these technologies. To respond to the need for securing information privacy, the Information Privacy Law was enacted on April 1, 2005 in Japan. One of the responses to this law enforcement is demanding a higher level of information risk management and search for more effective tools to be used for identity protection and problem-solving. Two examples of these tools include RAPID and IRMP. However, there is no established system-development model for either of these tools. Further developments to improve the RAPID and IRMP remain as new challenges. In this thesis, a new approach on developing a system security model to be used for information risk management is proposed. To demonstrate this approach, the object-oriented language is used.

A SYSTEMS MODELING DESIGN UTILIZING AN OBJECT-ORIENTED APPROACH CONCERNING INFORMATION RISK MANAGEMENT

By Noriaki Suzuki

Thesis submitted to the Faculty of the Graduate School of the University of Maryland, College Park in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science 2005 Fall

Advisory Committee: Dr. Nelson X. Liu, Assistant Research Scientist, Institute for Systems Research Professor Eyad Abed, Director of the Institute for Systems Research Professor Michel Cukier, Assistant Professor, Reliability Engineering

© Copyright by Noriaki Suzuki 2005

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

I would like to express my honest thanks to my advisor, Dr. Nelson X. Liu, for his strong direction and guidance throughout this work. I could not have completed the thesis without his constant advice and help. I would also like to thank my secondary advisor Lee Strickland. He helped me in analyzing current security breaches and investigating the information risk assessment in chapter 3. I would also like to thank Prof. Eyad Abed and Prof. Michel Cukier for agreeing to serve on my committee. Furthermore, I am grateful to my friends Sivakumar Chellathurai, Suchee Nathan, and Brent Anderson for their help and valuable comments in written form of this thesis. Many thanks to Jonathan Eser, Daniela Villar del Saz, Gokul Samy, and Pampa Mondal for their friendship and support throughout my studies in Maryland; without their support I probably would not be where I am now. Finally, I am grateful to the systems engineering program at the University of Maryland, College Park. This study has equipped me with the skills I need in order to make a more significant contribution to the world and offer the tools I will need to overcome obstacles I may face in the future.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. INTRODUCTION ...........................................................................................................1 2. BACKGROUND .............................................................................................................7 2-1. Review of Existing Studies...................................................................................... 7 2-2. Information Risk Management .............................................................................. 10 2-3. Systems Modeling.................................................................................................. 15 2-3-1. Meta Model..................................................................................................... 16 2-3-2....
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