International Journal of Cyber Society and Education, Vol 5, No 2 (2012)


Preethi Vinayak Ponangi, Phani Kidambi, Dhananjai Rao, Narasimha Edala, Mary Fendley, Michael W. Haas, S. Narayanan


There is an increasing recognition that cyber warfare is an important area of development for targeting and weaponeering, with far-reaching effects in national defense and economic security. The ability to conduct effective operations in cyberspace relies on a robust situational awareness of events occurring in both the physical and information domains, with an understanding of how they affect the cognitive domain of friendly, neutral, and adversary population sets. The dynamic nature of the battlefield complicates efforts to understand shifting adversary motivations and intentions. There are very few approaches, to date, that systematically evaluate the effects of the repertoire of cyber weapons on the cognitive, perceptual, and behavioral characteristics of the adversary. In this paper, we describe a software environment called Cognitive Cyber Weapon Selection Tool (CCWST) that simulates a scenario involving cyber weaponry.
This tool provides the capabilities to test weapons which may induce behavioral state changes in the adversaries. CCWST provides the required situational awareness to the Cyber Information Operations (IO) planner to conduct intelligent weapon selection during weapon activation in order to induce the desired behavioral change in the perception of the adversary. Weapons designed to induce the cognitive state changes of deception, distraction, distrust and confusion were then tested empirically to evaluate the capabilities and expected cognitive state changes induced by these weapons. The results demonstrated that CCWST is a powerful environment within which to test and evaluate the impact of cyber weapons on influencing cognitive behavioral states during information processing.

To cite this document: Preethi Vinayak Ponangi, Phani Kidambi, Dhananjai Rao, Narasimha Edala, Mary Fendley, Michael W. Haas, and S. Narayanan, "On the offense: Using cyber weapons to influence cognitive behavior", International Journal of Cyber Society and Education, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 127-150, 2012.

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