University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) researchers have developed what they’re calling the first quantifiable cyber agility framework for scoring hackers and cybersecurity defenders over time, using funding from the U.S. Army Research Office.
The researchers employed a honeypot—a computer system designed to entice attackers—to draw and measure malicious traffic, based on time and efficacy; as hackers and defenders invented new techniques, the scientists could better comprehend how a series of interactions evolved into an adaptive, responsive, and agile pattern, or an evolution generation.
UTSA's Shouhuai Xu said, "The cyber agility framework...allows cyber defenders to test out numerous and varied responses to an attack."
Said Jose Mireles, now with the U.S. Department of Defense, "Using our framework, security professionals will recognize if they're getting beaten or doing a good job against an attacker."
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