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An Integrated Model of Human Cyber Behavior

  • Walter WarwickEmail author
  • Norbou Buchler
  • Laura Marusich
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 780)

Abstract

Agent-based models are commonplace in the simulation-based analysis of cyber security. But as useful as it is to model, for example, adversarial tactics in a simulated cyber attack or realistic traffic in a study of network vulnerability, it is increasingly clear that human error is one of the greatest threats to cyber security. From this perspective, the salient features of behavior are those of an agent making decisions about how to use a system, rather than an agent acting as an adversary or as a “chat bot” which functions merely as a statistical message generator. In this paper, we describe work to model a human dimension of the cyber operator, a user subject to different motivations that lead directly to differences in cyber behavior which, ultimately, lead to differences in the risk of suffering a “drive-by” malware infection.

Keywords

Human behavior representation Cyber behavior Model integration 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Walter Warwick
    • 1
    Email author
  • Norbou Buchler
    • 2
  • Laura Marusich
    • 2
  1. 1.TiER1 Performance Solutions, LLCKentuckyUSA
  2. 2.Army Research Laboratory – Human Research and Engineering DirectorateAdelphiUSA

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