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Distinguished Seminar:  Evaluation of Competing Threat Modeling Methodologies

Date:April 24, 2017 
Talk Title:Evaluation of Competing Threat Modeling Methodologies
Speaker:Nancy Mead
Time & Location:12:00pm - 1:00pm
DEC, CIC Building, Pittsburgh

Abstract

Failure to sufficiently identify computer security threats leads to missing security requirements and poor architectural decisions, resulting in vulnerabilities in cyber and cyber-physical systems.

Our prior research study evaluated three exemplar Threat Modeling Methods, designed on different principles, in order to understand strengths and weaknesses of each method. Our goal is to produce a set of tested principles which can help programs select the most appropriate TMMs. This will result in improved confidence in the cyber threats identified, accompanied by evidence of the conditions under which each technique is most effective. This presentation will describe the study, its results, and future plans.

Speaker Bio

Nancy R. Mead is a Fellow and Principal Researcher at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI).  Mead is an Adjunct Professor of Software Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University.  She is currently involved in the study of security requirements engineering and the development of software assurance curricula.  She also served as director of software engineering education for the SEI from 1991 to 1994. Her research interests are in the areas of software security, software requirements engineering, and software architectures.

Prior to joining the SEI, Mead was a senior technical staff member at IBM Federal Systems, where she spent most of her career in the development and management of large real-time systems.  She also worked in IBM's software engineering technology area and managed IBM Federal Systems' software engineering education department.  She has developed and taught numerous courses on software engineering topics, both at universities and in professional education courses.

Mead authored more than 150 publications and invited presentations. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) and the IEEE Computer Society, and is a Distinguished Educator of the Association of Computing Machinery. She received the 2015 Distinguished Education Award from the IEEE Computer Society Technical Council on Software Engineering. The Nancy Mead Award for Excellence in Software Engineering Education is named for her and has been awarded since 2010, with Mary Shaw as the first recipient.

Education

PhD in mathematics from the Polytechnic Institute of New York

BA and an MS in mathematics from New York University.