A Protection Profiles Approach to Risk Analysis for Small and Medium Enterprises

  • Vassilis Dimopoulos
  • Steven Furnell
Conference paper
Part of the IFIP International Federation for Information Processing book series (IFIPAICT, volume 193)


Performing a Risk Analysis has long been considered necessary security practice for organisations, however surveys indicate that Small and Medium Enterprises do not tend to undertake one. Some of the main reasons behind this have been found to be the lack of funds, expertise and awareness within such organisations, this paper describes a methodology that aims to assess these issues and be appropriate for the needs of this SMEs by utilising a protection profiles and threat trees approach to perform the assessment instead of lengthy questionnaires and incorporating other elements such as financial considerations and creation of a security policy.

Key words

protection profiles risk analysis threat trees SMEs 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vassilis Dimopoulos
    • 1
  • Steven Furnell
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Network Research GroupUniversity of PlymouthPlymouthUK
  2. 2.School of Computer and Information ScienceEdith Cowan UniversityPerthAustralia

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