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Ontology Editing Tool for Information Security and Human Factors Experts

Lookup NU author(s): Dr John Mace, Dr Simon Parkin, Professor Aad van Moorsel



This paper explores the need for a collaborative editing tool to allow information security and human factors experts to capture their interrelated knowledge in a dedicated ontology. Population of such an ontology would enable organisations to make more well informed security policy decisions. Currently ontology development is facilitated by generic ontology editing tools which accommodate ontology experts, and not those individuals whose knowledge requires capture. Furthermore this process is time consuming, error prone and requires appropriate technical skills. We propose a graphical editing tool for an information security ontology which simplifies the current knowledge capture process. This tool allows information security and human factors experts to develop ontology content while removing the need for expertise in ontology construction and technologies. The tool is intuitive, requires no ontology configuration and provides mechanisms to guide users, thereby reducing the potential for errors. Once deployed our tool will allow domain experts to develop and extend the ontology, and organisations to tailor the ontology to their own requirements.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Mace JC, Parkin S, van Moorsel A

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: School of Computing Science Technical Report Series

Year: 2009

Pages: 15

Print publication date: 01/09/2009

Source Publication Date: September 2009

Report Number: 1172

Institution: School of Computing Science, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne