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Using a Situational Method Engineering Approach to Identify Reusable Method Fragments from the Secure TROPOS Methodology

By: Graham Low, Haris Mouratidis, Brian Henderson-Sellers

Abstract

Situational method engineering (SME) has as a focus a repository of method fragments, gleaned from extant methodologies and best practice. Using one such example, the OPF (OPEN Process Framework) repository, we identify deficiencies in the current SME support for security-related issues in the context of agent-oriented software engineering. Specifically, theoretical proposals for the development of reusable security-related method fragments from the agent-oriented methodology Secure Tropos are discussed. Since the OPF repository has already been enhanced by fragments from Tropos and other non-security-focussed agent-oriented software development methodologies, the only method fragments from Secure Tropos not already contained in this repository are those that are specifically security-related. These are identified, clearly defined and recommended for inclusion in the current OPF repository of method fragments.

Keywords

Secure software engineering, Secure Tropos, Situational method engineering, Method fragments.

Cite as:

Graham Low, Haris Mouratidis, Brian Henderson-Sellers, “Using a Situational Method Engineering Approach to Identify Reusable Method Fragments from the Secure TROPOS Methodology”, Journal of Object Technology, Volume 9, no. 4 (July 2010), pp. 93-125, doi:10.5381/jot.2010.9.4.a5.

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