Chapter 19

Introduction to Assurance

BOTTOM: Not a whit: I have a device to make all well. Write me a prologue; and let the prologue seem to say, we will do no harm with our swords, and that Pyramus is not killed indeed; and, for the more better assurance, tell them that I, Pyramus, am not Pyramus, but Bottom the weaver: this will put them out of fear.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, III, i, 17–23.

This chapter introduces the concepts of security assurance and trusted systems. Assurance for secure and trusted systems must be an integral part of the development process. The following chapters elaborate on the concepts and ideas introduced here.

19.1 Assurance and Trust

In previous chapters we have used the terms trusted system and secure system ...

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