An Alternative Framework for Research on Situational Awareness in Computer Network Defense

Abstract

In this chapter the authors present a new framework for the study of situation awareness in computer network defense (cyber-SA). While immensely valuable, the research to date on cyber-SA has overemphasized an algorithmic level of analysis to the exclusion of the human actor. Since situation awareness, and therefore cyber-SA, is a human cognitive process and state, it is essential that future cyber-SA research account for the human-in-the-loop. To that end, the framework in this chapter presents a basis for examining cyber-SA at the cognitive, system, work, and enterprise levels of analysis. In describing the framework, the authors present examples of research that are emblematic of each type of analysis.

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@inproceedings{McMillan2016AnAF, title={An Alternative Framework for Research on Situational Awareness in Computer Network Defense}, author={Eric R McMillan and Michael Tyworth}, year={2016} }