Published under Risk Management

Octave v2.0 (and Octave-S v1.0 for Small and Medium Businesses)

Product identity card

General information
Basic information to identify the product

Method or tool name : OCTAVE v2.0, OCTAVE-S v1.0
Vendor name : Carnegie Mellon University, SEI (Software Engineering Institute)
Country of origin : USA

Level of reference of the product
Details about the type of initiator of the product

Public / government organisation : Carnegie Mellon University (USA), CERT (Computer Emergency Response Team) http://www.CERT.org/octave/osig.html

Specify the phases this method supports and a short description

R.A. Method phases supported

  • Risk identification : Criteria only
  • Risk analysis : Criteria only
  • Risk evaluation : Criteria only

R.M. Method phases supported

  • Risk assessment: Criteria only
  • Risk treatment : Criteria only
  • Risk acceptance : Criteria only
  • Risk communication : Framework

Brief description of the product

  • The Operationally Critical Threat, Asset, and Vulnerability EvaluationSM (OCTAVE®) approach defines a risk-based strategic assessment and planning technique for security. OCTAVE is a self-directed approach, meaning that people from an organization assume responsibility for setting the organization’s security strategy. OCTAVE-S is a variation of the approach tailored to the limited means and unique constraints typically found in small organizations (less than 100 people). OCTAVE-S is led by a small, interdisciplinary team (three to five people) of an organization’s personnel who gather and analyze information, producing a protection strategy and mitigation plans based on the organization’s unique operational security risks. To conduct OCTAVE-S effectively, the team must have broad knowledge of the organization’s business and security processes, so it will be able to conduct all activities by itself.

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

Date of first release : Version 0.9, 1999
Date and identification of the last version : Version 2.0, January 2005

Useful links
Link for further information

Official web site : http://www.cert.org/octave/osig.html
User group web site : N/A
Relevant web site : http://www.cert.org/octave

List the available languages that the tool supports

Availability in European languages : English

Specify the price for the method

  • Free

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Target organisations
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  • SME

Specific sector : N/A

Geographical spread
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Used in EU member states : N/A
Used in non-EU member states : USA

Level of detail
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  • Management
  • Operational

License and certification scheme
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Recognized licensing scheme : No
Existing certification scheme : No

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Users viewpoint

Skills needed
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  • To introduce : Standard
  • To use : Standard
  • To maintain : Standard

Consultancy support
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Consultancy : Open market

Regulatory compliance
There is a given compliance of the product with international regulations

  • N/A

Compliance to IT standards
There is a compliance with a national or international standard

  • N/A

Trial before purchase
Details regarding the evaluation period (if any) before purchase of the product.

Availability : Trial version available, Registration required

Maturity level of the Information system
The product gives a means of measurement for the maturity of the information system security

It is possible to measure the I.S.S. maturity level : No

Tools supporting the method
List of tools that support the product

Non commercial tools

  • N/A

Commercial tools

  • Trainings ( Sector with free availability : Educational Support, Awareness trainings)

Technical integration of available tools
Particular supporting tools (see C-7) can be integrated with other tools

Tools can be integrated with other tools : No

Organisation processes integration
The method provides interfaces to existing processes within the organisation

Method provides interfaces to other organisational processes : Information Assurance

Flexible knowledge databases
It is possible to adapt a knowledge database specific to the activity domain of the company.

Method allows use of sector adapted databases : No

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