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dc.contributor.authorFerguson-Walter, Kimberly J.
dc.contributor.authorGutzwiller, Robert S.
dc.contributor.authorScott, Dakota
dc.contributor.authorJohnson, Craig J.
dc.identifier.citationK. J. Ferguson-Walter, R. S. Gutzwiller, D. D. Scott and C. J. Johnson, "Oppositional Human Factors in Cybersecurity: A Preliminary Analysis of Affective States," 2021 36th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering Workshops (ASEW), 2021, pp. 153-158, doi: 10.1109/ASEW52652.2021.00040.en_US
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dc.description.abstractThe need for cyber defense research is growing as more cyber-attacks are directed at critical infrastructure and other sensitive networks. Traditionally, the focus has been on hardening system defenses. However, other techniques are being explored including cyber and psychological deception which aim to negatively impact the cognitive and emotional state of cyber attackers directly through the manipulation of network characteristics. In this study, we present a preliminary analysis of survey data collected following a controlled experiment in which over 130 professional red teamers participated in a network penetration task that included cyber deception and psychological deception manipulations [7]. Thematic and inductive analysis of previously un-analyzed open-ended survey responses revealed factors associated with affective states. These preliminary results are a first step in our analysis efforts and show that there are potentially several distinct dimensions of cyber-behavior that induce negative affective states in cyber attackers, which may serve as potential avenues for supplementing traditional cyber defense strategies.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThis work was funded by the Laboratory for Advanced Cybersecurity Research.en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries2021 36th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering Workshops (ASEW);2021
dc.subjectHuman factorsen_US
dc.subjectCritical infrastructureen_US
dc.subjectTask analysisen_US
dc.subjectComputer securityen_US
dc.subjectSoftware engineeringen_US
dc.subjectOppositional human factorsen_US
dc.subjectQualitative data analysisen_US
dc.subjectAffect and emotionsen_US
dc.titleOppositional human factors in cybersecurity: A preliminary analysis of affective statesen_US
dc.typeConference paperen_US
dc.rights.holder©2021 IEEEen_US

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