Cyber Situational Awareness

A Basic Set of Mental Models for Understanding and Dealing with the CyberSecurity Challenges of Today

Abstract: 

For most people, cybersecurity is a difficult notion to grasp. Traditionally, cybersecurity has been considered a technical challenge, and still many specialists understand it as information security, with the notions of confidentiality, integrity, and availability as its foundation. Although many have searched for different and broader perspectives, the complexity and ambiguity of the notion still thwarts a common understanding. While the author was developing and executing a MSc cybersecurity program for professionals with a wide variety of backgrounds and widely differing views on cybersecurity, the lack of a common understanding of cybersecurity was clearly evident. Based on these observations, the author began seeking and defining a new, transdisciplinary conceptualization of cybersecurity that can be widely agreed upon. It resulted in the publication of three scientific papers. This paper is an amalgam of the contents of the three supplemented with some extensions. It turned out that the previously introduced description of two key notions, cyberspace and cybersecurity, is still an adequate starting point. Described here is a set of additional mental models elaborating on these key notions and providing more detail on their meanings.

National Cyber Security Sensor Networks and the Human in the Loop

Abstract: 

Organisations recently started to exchange security relevant information on cyber incidents to timely mitigate the effects of newly discovered malware and other forms of cyberattacks. Moreover, state actors take over their role as information brokers through national cyber security centres and distribute warnings on new attack vectors and vital recommendations on how to mitigate them. Although many of these initiatives are effective to some degree, they also suffer from considerable limitations. When going beyond pure technical indicators, extensive human involvement is required to manually review, vet, enrich, analyse, and distribute security information until relevant information reaches a decision maker.

Journal of Information Warfare

The definitive publication for the best and latest research and analysis on information warfare, information operations, and cyber crime. Available in traditional hard copy or online.

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