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Intelligence Preparation of the Cyber Environment (IPCE): Finding the High Ground in Cyberspace

ABSTRACT

The tools typically used in the planning phase of cyber defence provide only limited guidance for operational decision making. To overcome these shortcomings, the authors propose a more comprehensive and deliberate process of intelligence planning: the Intelligence Preparation of the Cyber Environment (IPCE), an adaptation of Intelligence Preparation of the Battlefield. This paper highlights how concepts used in IPB correspond to concepts in cyber security—in particular, the authors describe how ‘weather’ and ‘terrain’ map onto the concepts of ‘user’, ‘traffic’, and ‘network environment’. Finally, the methodology is demonstrated with a case study to illustrate how systems have widely different ‘environmental’ features.

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