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Tool Identity Card

General information
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Tool name : Cobra
Vendor name : C&A Systems Security
Country of origin : United Kingdom

Level of reference of the tool
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Coverage : Local
Supported by organization, club,... (e.g. as sponsor) : N/A

Brief description of the product
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  • Cobra software tool enables security Risk Assessment to be undertaken by organizations themselves. It evaluates the relative importance of all threats and vulnerabilities, and generates appropriate solutions and recommendations. It will automatically link the risks identified with the potential implications for the business unit. Alternatively, a particular area or issue can be examined 'stand alone', without any impact association. COBRA comes equipped with four discrete knowledge bases that can be further customized using the Module Manager component.

Supported functionality
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R.A. Method phases supported

  • Risk identification : Identify system threats, vulnerabilities and exposures. Measure the degree of actual risk for each area or aspect of a system, and directly link this to the potential business impact.
  • Risk analysis :
  • Risk evaluation : Identify system threats, vulnerabilities and exposures

Other phases

  • N/A

R.M. Method phases supported

  • Risk assessment
  • Risk treatment : Offer detailed solutions and recommendations to reduce the risks.
  • Risk communication : Provide business as well as technical reports.

Other phases

  • N/A

Other functionality

Information processed

  • Reports

Date of the first edition, date and number of actual version

Date of first release : 90s
Date and identification of the last version : Release 3

Useful links
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Official web site :
User group web site : N/A
Relevant web site : N/A

List the available languages that the tool supports

Languages available : English

Pricing and licensing models
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  • Full Cobra Suite: $1995
  • Cobra for ISO17799: $895

Sectors with free availability or discounted price : N/A

Trial before purchase
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CD or download available : Evaluation copy available
Identification required : Yes
Trial period (days) : N/A

Tool architecture
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  • Application: Stand alone tool

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<h3 >Scope

Target public
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  • SME
  • Commercial CIEs

Specific sector : N/A

Information concerning the spread of this tool

General information : N/A
Used inside EU countries : N/A
Used outside EU countries : N/A

Level of detail
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Management : N/A
Operational : N/A
Technical : N/A

Compliance to IT Standards
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Tool helps towards a certification
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  • N/A

Information about possible training courses for this tool

Course : N/A

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<h3 >Users viewpoint

Skills needed
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  • To install : Stand alone application, single installation
  • To use : Easy to use, On-line help, can be used without the need for detailed security knowledge or expertise in using risk management software
  • To maintain : No updates needed

Tool Support
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Support : N/A

Organization processes integration
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Supported Roles

  • N/A

Intergration in Organization activities

  • N/A

Interoperability with other tools
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  • N/A

Sector adapted knowledge databases supported
e-Security knowledge base : Specifically constructed to cover modern network based systems

  • N/A

Flexibility of tool's database
Can the database be customized and adapted to client requirements?

  • Core knowledge database : Module manager: change questions, countermeasures, profiles, reports, etc
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