Formal modelling and analysis of socio-technical systems

Christian W. Probst, Florian Kammüller, Rene Rydhof Hansen

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Attacks on systems and organisations increasingly exploit human actors, for example through social engineering. This non-technical aspect of attacks complicates their formal treatment and automatic identification. Formalisation of human behaviour is difficult at best, and attacks on socio-technical systems are still mostly identified through brainstorming of experts. In this work we discuss several approaches to formalising socio-technical systems and their analysis. Starting from a flow logic-based analysis of the insider threat, we discuss how to include the socio aspects explicitly, and show a formalisation that proves properties of this formalisation. On the formal side, our work closes the gap between formal and informal approaches to socio-technical systems. On the informal side, we show how to steal a birthday cake from a bakery by social engineering.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSemantics, Logics, and Calculi : Essays Dedicated to Hanne Riis Nielson and Flemming Nielson on the Occasion of Their 60th Birthdays
EditorsChristian W. Probst, Chris Hankin, René Rydhof Hansen
Publication date2016
ISBN (Print)978-3-319-27809-4
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-319-27810-0
Publication statusPublished - 2016
SeriesLecture Notes in Computer Science


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