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Cybersecurity experimentation spans multiple domains and multiple disciplines.

A new study finds the research community needs to develop a "science of cybersecurity experimentation."

Credit: Information Sciences Institute, USC Viterbi School of Engineering

Researchers from SRI International and the Information Sciences Institute of the University of Southern California have outlined a strategy for next-generation experimental cybersecurity research in a report commissioned by the U.S. National Science Foundation.

"This report is a critical first step to re-think what is needed in cyber experimentation before we build the infrastructure," says U.S. Department of Homeland Security Cyber Security Division director Douglas Maughan.

According to the study, the research community must develop a "science of cybersecurity experimentation" that taps techniques and approaches to generate reproducible studies the community can test, reuse, and build upon.

The report stressed the necessity for infrastructure supporting and facilitating repeatable experiments by creating simple methods for researchers to test each others' results. Furthermore, the study said researchers should use common standards and the means for cross-discipline and cross-domain research.

The final required elements are new approaches for sharing and creating data to expedite knowledge- and community-building across disciplines and organizations.

The researchers cite multidisciplinary research, precise modeling/incorporation of human activity, adherence to common models of infrastructure and experiment components via open interfaces and standards, reusable designs, and a usable and intuitive infrastructure as essential ingredients for ensuring transformational outcomes.

From National Science Foundation
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