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Supporting Secure Business Process Design via Security Process Patterns

  • Nikolaos Argyropoulos
  • Haralambos Mouratidis
  • Andrew Fish
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Business Information Processing book series (LNBIP, volume 287)

Abstract

Security is an important non-functional characteristic of the business processes used by organisations for the coordination of their activities. Nevertheless, the implementation of security at the operational level can be challenging due to the limited security expertise of process designers and the delayed consideration of security during process development. To overcome such issues, expert knowledge and proven security solutions can be captured in the form of process patterns, which can easily be reused and integrated to business processes with minimal security-related knowledge required. In this work we introduce process-level security patterns, each of which contains the main activities required for the operationalisation of different security requirements. The introduced patterns are then used as a component of an existing framework for the creation of secure business process designs, the application of which, is illustrated through a working example. A preliminary evaluation of the proposed patterns is conducted via a workshop session.

Keywords

Security requirements Business process modelling Security process patterns Business process security 

Notes

Acknowledgement

This research received funding from the Visual Privacy Management in User Centric Open Environments (VisiOn) project, supported by the EU Horizon 2020 programme, Grant agreement No 653642.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nikolaos Argyropoulos
    • 1
  • Haralambos Mouratidis
    • 1
  • Andrew Fish
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Computing, Engineering and MathematicsUniversity of BrightonBrightonUK

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