Cyber - Transparencies, assurance and deterrence

Simon Reay Atkinson, David Walker, Kevin Beaulne, Liaquat Hossain

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Cyber-has often been considered as a coordination and control, as opposed to collaborative influence, media. This conceptual-design paper, uniquely, builds upon a number of entangled, cross disciplinary research strands - integrating engineering and conflict studies - and a detailed literature review to propose a new paradigm of assurance and deterrence models. We consider an ontology for Cyber-sûréte, which combines both the social trusts necessary for [knowledge &amp, information] assurance such as collaboration by social influence (CSI) and the technological controls and rules for secure information management referred as coordination by rule and control (CRC). We posit Cyber-sûréte as enabling both a 'safe-to-fail' ecology (in which learning, testing and adaptation can take place) within a fail-safe supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA type) system, e.g. in a nuclear power plant. Building upon traditional state-based threat analysis, we consider Warning Time and the Threat equation with relation to policies for managing Cyber-Deterrence. We examine how the goods of Cyber-might be galvanised so as to encourage virtuous behaviour and deter and / or dissuade ne'er-do-wells through multiple transparencies. We consider how the Deterrence-escalator may be managed by identifying both weak influence and strong control signals so as to create a more benign and responsive cyber-ecology, in which strengths can be exploited and weaknesses identified. Finally, we consider declaratory / mutual transparencies as opposed to legalistic / controlled transparency.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2012 ASE International Conference on Cyber Security, CyberSecurity 2012
Place of PublicationUnited States
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 8 Aug 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event2012 ASE International Conference on Cyber Security, CyberSecurity 2012 - Washington, D.C., United States
Duration: 14 Dec 201216 Dec 2012


Conference2012 ASE International Conference on Cyber Security, CyberSecurity 2012
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWashington, D.C.


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