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ERIC Number: ED555540
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 236
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-3034-4804-1
Measuring the Effectiveness of Visual Analytics and Data Fusion Techniques on Situation Awareness in Cyber-Security
Giacobe, Nicklaus A.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The Pennsylvania State University
Cyber-security involves the monitoring a complex network of inter-related computers to prevent, identify and remediate from undesired actions. This work is performed in organizations by human analysts. These analysts monitor cyber-security sensors to develop and maintain situation awareness (SA) of both normal and abnormal activities that occur on the network. Additionally, analysts remediate compromised computers and attempt to configure networks securely to ensure that known vulnerabilities cannot be exploited. Research and development of new fusion algorithms and visual interface, both in academia and in industry, have the objective of increasing cyber-security situation awareness. However, it is uncommon for developers to assess the actual impact on a human analyst's performance, situational knowledge, perceived effectiveness or perceived workload. In short, it is not proven that a new tool will increase situation awareness or not, because the analyst's SA is not measured. This dissertation addresses the issue of measuring the impact of interface design on SA through the implementation of an SA Assessment Battery for the cyber domain. While there are a number of SA assessment techniques, they are designed for other domains, especially military command and control, aircraft piloting and air traffic control. This dissertation leverages this work and implements these assessment techniques for the cyber-security domain. This work validates the assessment battery through the comparison of two different interface designs ("high" and "low" perceived workload) with two groups of research subjects ("novices" and "experts") in a 2x2 between-subjects experiment. The interpretation of the results from this study demonstrates how SA assessment techniques that were previously considered incompatible can be used together to evaluate the impact of the effectiveness of the interface separately from the impact of experience of the human analyst. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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