Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Paper on Cyberspace

I presented a paper [link] at the 5th International Conference on Information Warfare and Security (ICIW) last week. This year the event was hosted by the US Air Force Institute of Technology, at the Wright Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio. If you ever get the chance, I recommend to spend a day or two at the Air Force museum in there (yeah, any less will not do).

Our paper (co-authored by Peeter Lorents) presented some of our work on the cyber terminology. Specifically, in the paper we defined cyberspace as "a time-dependent set of interconnected information systems and the human users that interact with these systems".

It was not our intent to come up with a universal definition (which could be useless), but something that provides a background for our future work. So, basically, it is more like a brick destined to become part of a wall, instead of the wall itself.

While we were at it, we came up with a couple of simple implications from our definition, which are explained in more detail in the paper:
  • both offensive and defensive deployments can take place very rapidly in cyberspace
  • it is not feasible to map cyberspace accurately
  • both attackers and defenders must constantly reconnoiter or patrol the potential area of conflict in cyberspace.
The conference itself had some interesting papers from various angles and I look forward to reviewing a few of those here.

P.S. I moved the publications section to a tab at the top. Under that tab is now the full list, with some papers available via Google Docs.

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