Published under Risk Management

Tool Identity Card

General information
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Tool name : CounterMeasures
Vendor name : Alion
Country of origin : USA

Level of reference of the tool
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Coverage : World-wide (state-oriented)
Supported by organization, club,... (e.g. as sponsor) : N/A

Brief description of the product
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  • Allion’s product CounterMeasures performs Risk Management based on the US-NIST 800 series and OMB Circular A-130 USA standards. The user standardizes the evaluation criteria and using a “tailor-made” assessment checklist, the software provides objective evaluation criteria for determining security posture and/or compliance. CounterMeasures is available in both networked and desktop configurations and can be evaluated through a flash demonstration and a trial version.

Supported functionality
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R.A. Method phases supported

  • Risk identification : Survey module / Data collection
  • Risk analysis : Analysis platform
  • Risk evaluation : Analysis platform

Other phases

  • N/A

R.M. Method phases supported

  • Risk assessment
  • Risk treatment : Cost Benefit Analysis /Remediation Tracking.
  • Risk acceptance : Cost Benefit Analysis /Remediation Tracking.
  • Risk communication : CM Report suite.

Other phases

  • N/A

Other functionality

  • N/A

Information processed

  • Survey data: Data collected at the data collection phase
  • Risks report: Description of risks associated with operations
  • Remediation plan: Plan of actions for facility security improvement
  • Residual risk: Figures

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

Date of first release : mid 1980's
Date and identification of the last version : January 2006 - v8

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

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Languages available : English

Pricing and licensing models
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  • Enterprise Platform : $14500
  • Standard Platform : $3990
  • Web Survey : $2500

Sectors with free availability or discounted price : Educational, Government

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

Tool architecture
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  • Standalone application
  • Web server

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Target public
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  • Government, agencies
  • Large scale companies

Specific sector : Banks, Gas/Oil, Insurance, Ports, Universities, States/Municipalities, Security Firms

Information concerning the spread of this tool

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

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

Compliance to IT Standards
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  • US-NIST 800 series
  • OMB Circular A-130

Tool helps towards a certification
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  • N/A

Information about possible training courses for this tool

Course : Training , 2 days duration, Training on software and its application, Cost included in price

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Users viewpoint

Skills needed
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  • To install : Fully automated installation
  • To use : Simple interface, easy to use, Online help
  • To maintain : N/A

Tool Support
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Support : Support (Helpdesk), One year, included in price, (includes also upgrades/enhancements ) (after first year, 15% of the software purchase price )

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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  • Export : MS Excel format
  • Results output : Results can be saved in database format

Sector adapted knowledge databases supported
Physical Security

  • N/A

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

  • Security databases : Create new / Customize
  • Threats / Assets / Vulnerabilities / Controls: Configure / Customize
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