Conceptualizing human resilience in the face of the global epidemiology of cyber attacks

L. Jean Camp, Marthie Grobler, Julian Jang-Jaccard, Christian Probst, Karen Renaud, Paul Watters

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Computer security is a complex global phenomenon where different populations interact, and the infection of one person creates risk for another. Given the dynamics and scope of cyber campaigns, studies of local resilience without reference to global populations are inadequate. In this paper we describe a set of minimal requirements for implementing a global epidemiological infrastructure to understand and respond to large-scale computer security outbreaks. We enumerate the relevant dimensions, the applicable measurement tools, and define a systematic approach to evaluate cyber security resilience. From the experience in conceptualizing and designing a cross-national coordinated phishing resilience evaluation we describe the cultural, logistic, and regulatory challenges to this proposed public health approach to global computer assault resilience. We conclude that mechanisms for systematic evaluations of global attacks and the resilience against those attacks exist. Coordinated global science is needed to address organised global ecrime.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 52nd Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences
EditorsTung X. Bui
Place of PublicationHonolulu
PublisherUniversity of Hawaii at Manoa
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9780998133126
Publication statusPublished - 8 Jan 2019
EventHawaii International Conference on System Sciences - Grand Wailea, Maui, United States
Duration: 8 Jan 201911 Jan 2019!future-conferences/ctld


ConferenceHawaii International Conference on System Sciences
Abbreviated titleHICSS 52
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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  • Global, international, and cross-cultural issues in IS
  • Internet and the digital economy
  • Cross-cultural
  • Human factors
  • Phishing
  • Privacy
  • Security


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