Building an ontology of cyber security

Alessandro Oltramari, Lorrie Faith Cranor, Robert J. Walls, Patrick McDaniel

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Situation awareness depends on a reliable perception of the environment and comprehension of its semantic structures. In this respect, cyberspace presents a unique challenge to the situation awareness of users and analysts, since it is a unique combination of human and machine elements, whose complex interactions occur in a global communication network. Accordingly, we outline the underpinnings of an ontology of secure operations in cyberspace, presenting the ontology framework and providing two modeling examples. We make the case for adopting a rigorous semantic model of cyber security to overcome the current limits of the state of the art.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)54-61
Number of pages8
JournalCEUR Workshop Proceedings
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014
Event9th Conference on Semantic Technology for Intelligence, Defense, and Security, STIDS 2014 - Fairfax, United States
Duration: Nov 18 2014Nov 21 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Computer Science(all)


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