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Measuring security is a complex task and requires a great deal of knowledge. Managing this knowledge and presenting it in a universal way is challenging. This paper describes the Information Security Measuring Ontology (ISMO) for measuring information security. The ontology combines existing measuring and security ontologies and instantiates it through example measures. The ontology provides a solid way to present security measures for software designers and adaptable applications. The software designer can utilise the ontology to provide an application with security measuring capability. Moreover, the adaptable application searches for measures from the ontology, in order to measure a security level in the current run-time situation.
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