Cybersecurity Figure of Merit (CFOM) Cyber Readiness Assessment
Maule, R. William
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CFOM methodology for tactical cyber assessment extended systems integration test results from FORCEnet and Sea Trial naval and joint forces exercises to address secure next-generation architecture. Adaptive complexity was advanced as the theoretical basis for understanding complex cyber engagements. Cyber events were recreated in laboratory simulations to understand adversary cyber capabilities and effects, and to emulate countermeasures. Metrics to produce a systems cyber readiness coefficient were advanced, and within context and mission a confidence level for that coefficient. Analysis considered dynamic variables in complex systems, both unintentional such as latent data that leads to inaccurate decisions, and intentional such as control actions by cyber adversaries. Adaptation addressed the capacity for a system or process to automatically respond to dynamic variables—as may be encountered in a cyberattack progression. CFOM was advanced as a method to address performance and cyber gaps, evaluate cyber adversary impact, and integrate systems to automate ship cyber defense. The methodology can provide quantitative measurement for system functional, performance and cyber readiness assessment.
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