Goal-Equivalent Secure Business Process Re-engineering

Hugo Andrés Lópes Acosta, Fabio Massacci, Nicola Zannone

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    The introduction of information technologies in health care systems often requires to re-engineer the business processes used to deliver care. Obviously, the new and re-engineered processes are observationally different and thus we cannot use existing model-based techniques to argue that they are somehow “equivalent”. In this paper we propose a method for passing from SI*, a modeling language for capturing and modeling functional, security, and trust organizational and system requirements, to business process specifications and vice versa. In particular, starting from an old secure business process, we reconstruct the functional and security requirements at organizational level that such a business process was supposed to meet (including the trust relations that existed among the members of the organization). To ensure that the re-engineered business process meets the elicited requirements, we employ a notion of equivalence based on goal-equivalence. Basically, we verify if the execution of the business process, described in terms of the trace it generates, satisfies the organizational model. We motivate and illustrate the method with an e-health case study.
    Original languageEnglish
    Book seriesLecture Notes in Computer Science
    Pages (from-to)212-223
    Publication statusPublished - 2008
    EventICSOC 2007 Workshops, International Workshops - Wienna, Austria
    Duration: 17 Sept 200717 Sept 2007


    ConferenceICSOC 2007 Workshops, International Workshops

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