Security Threat Statistics – Resources

Posted: July 12, 2007 in Risk Assessment, Threats
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Where do you get statistics and probabilities on threats?  It seems organizations always ask for hard facts on threat statistics, but the research doesn’t appear to be very mature.  Creating a good threat library and making a best guest effort seems to be common practice among others in the security industry.  There are a few good sources for this information that exist such as:

  • CERTs Ecrime Surveys

http://www.cert.org/archive/pdf/ecrimesurvey06.pdf

  • The National Counter Terrorism Center

http://www.fas.org/irp/threat/nctc2005.pdf

  • FEMA

http://www.fema.gov/hazard/

  • Workshare Reports

http://www.workshare.com/go/research/07aprilthreats.pdf

And then you have all kinds of different sites that can help you build a threat library but are lacking statistics such as:

  • Georgia Institute of Technology

http://www.oit.gatech.edu/information_security/architecture/threat.html

Some of these sources were used to start the ISM’s list, but my involvement has slipped, however time and time again there is a need for this information.  If anyone has other good resources let me know and I will add them to the links page and see about getting some of this information into the ISM community threat library.

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Comments
  1. rybolov says:

    How about your historical record of incidents and the associated threats? While it may be skewed because of your inherent biases, it does prove fantastic for responding to the threats that effect YOU specifically.

  2. Jason says:

    That is a great example, except many organizations have poor tracking mechanisms, which result in a lack of data. Therefore, without this data a initial list needs to be created.

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