Calculating Adversarial Risk from Attack Trees: Control Strength and Probabilistic Attackers
|Title||Calculating Adversarial Risk from Attack Trees: Control Strength and Probabilistic Attackers|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2015|
|Authors||Pieters W., Davarynejad M.|
|Conference Name||9th International Workshop on Data Privacy Management, Autonomous Spontaneous Security, and Security Assurance (DPM), Wroclaw, Poland|
|Keywords||adversarial risk analysis, attack trees, Attacker models, Control strength, Fitness functions, security metrics, simulation|
Attack trees are a well-known formalism for quantitative analysis of cyber attacks consisting of multiple steps and alternative paths. It is possible to derive properties of the overall attacks from properties of individual steps, such as cost for the attacker and probability of success. However, in existing formalisms, such properties are considered independent. For example, investing more in an attack step would not increase the probability of success. As this seems counterintuitive, we introduce a framework for reasoning about attack trees based on the notion of control strength, annotating nodes with a function from attacker investment to probability of success. Calculation rules on such trees are defined to enable analysis of optimal attacker investment. Our second result consists of the translation of optimal attacker investment into the associated adversarial risk, yielding what we call adversarial risk trees. The third result is the introduction of probabilistic attacker strate- gies, based on the fitness (utility) of available scenarios. Together these contributions improve the possibilities for using attack trees in adversarial risk analysis.