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A system dynamics model of cyber conflict

Polatin-Reuben, Dana, Craig, Richard, Spyridopoulos, Theodoros ORCID: and Tryfonas, Theo 2013. A system dynamics model of cyber conflict. Presented at: 2013 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, Manchester, UK, 13th-16th October 2013. Proceedings - 2013 IEEE International Conference on Systems, Man, and Cybernetics, SMC 2013. IEEE, pp. 303-308. 10.1109/SMC.2013.58

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In this paper we try to determine whether a potential state-aggressor in a recent cyber attack can be identified through an understanding of shared international dependencies between nations. Combining the International Affairs and Systems Science disciplines, we put forth a system dynamics model of cyber conflict which may facilitate the identification of a culpable state or states in a cyber attack through publicly available information. Having identified 22 countries with military or civilian cyber capability, data on economic trade imports and diplomatic relationships were combined to identify dependencies, or countries upon which dependent countries rely for trade or military collaboration. The system dynamics model simulates diplomatic tension between two countries to estimate the probability of a cyber conflict. Nine case studies, in which the likely cyber combatant was identified, are used to test the model. Initial results yielded a number of prior indicators of cyber conflict, such as dips in trade imports from future cyber combatants up to 2 years before a launched cyber attack.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Publisher: IEEE
ISBN: 978-076955154-8
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2023 15:00

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