Ph.D. C.S. Proposal Defense: Philip Christian C. Zuniga (Characterizing the Relationship Between Interoperability and Security Risks in Information Exchanges)

May 28, 2021


8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Meeting ID: 838 0328 7748
Meeting Passcode: 80397333
Panel Members
Susan P Festin, Ph.D., Adviser
Adrian Roy Valdez, Ph.D., Panel Chairman
Isabel Montes-Austria, Ph.D., Reader
Ligaya Leah Figueroa, Ph.D., Member
Dennis Batangan, M.D., Member

Software Interoperability is the ability of two or more software systems to exchange information and utilize the shared information. This interoperability is vital in achieving what we term as information exchanges. Information exchanges are ecosystems of software systems that exchange data with one another. While software systems are expected to participate in information exchanges, it is also important to note that in doing so may expose the systems to security risks. Without a proper framework to model the relationship between interoperability and security risks, software systems may encounter problems in the future. In this work, we propose a framework to model interoperability and security risks, with the goal of characterizing this relationship. We apply the characterization to systems in the digital health domain, since most of the current information exchanges that are affected by both interoperability and security risks are in this area. A formal characterization of interoperability and how it relates to security risks will be presented.