A social dimensional cyber threat model with formal concept analysis and fact-proposition inference

Anup Sharma, Robin Gandhi, Qiuming Zhu, William R. Mahoney, William Sousan

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Abstract

Cyberspace has increasingly become a medium to express outrage, conduct protests, take revenge, spread opinions, and stir up issues. Many cyber attacks can be linked to current and historic events in the social, political, economic, and cultural (SPEC) dimensions of human conflicts in the physical world. These SPEC factors are often the root cause of many cyber attacks. Understanding the relationships between past and current SPEC events and cyber attacks can help understand and better prepare people for impending cyber attacks. The focus of this paper is to analyse these attacks in social dimensions and build a threat model based on past and current social events. A reasoning technique based on a novel combination of formal concept analysis (FCA) and hierarchical fact-proposition space (FPS) inference is applied to build the model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)301-333
Number of pages33
JournalInternational Journal of Information and Computer Security
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Attacks models
  • Computer security
  • Cyber threats
  • FCA
  • Fact-proposition space inferences
  • Formal concept analysis
  • Social factors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Computer Networks and Communications

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