Explorations in Cyber International Relations (ECIR) - Data Dashboard Report #1: CERT Data Sources and Prototype Dashboard System

49 Pages Posted: 24 Sep 2009  

Stuart Madnick

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management

Nazli Choucri

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Political Science

Steven Camina

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Erik Fogg

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Xitong Li

HEC Paris - Information Systems and Operations Management

Wei Fan

Tsinghua University

Date Written: September 23, 2009

Abstract

Growing global interconnection and interdependency of computer networks, in combination with increased sophistication of cyber attacks over time, demonstrate the need for better understanding of the collective and cooperative security measures needed to prevent and respond to cybersecurity emergencies. The Exploring Cyber International Relations (ECIR) Data Dashboard project is an initial effort to gather and analyze such data within and between countries. This report describes the prototype ECIR Data Dashboard and the initial data sources used.

In 1988, the United States Department of Defense and Carnegie Mellon University formed the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) to lead and coordinate national and international efforts to combat cybsersecurity threats. Since then, the number of CERTs worldwide has grown dramatically, leading to the potential for a sophisticated and coordinated global cybersecurity response network. This report focuses primarily on the current state of the worldwide CERTs, including the data publiclyavailable, the extent of coordination, and the maturity of data management and responses. The report summarizes, analyses, and critiques the worldwide CERT network.

Additionally, the report describes the ECIR team's Data Dashboard project, designed to provide scholars, policymakers, IT professionals, and other stakeholders with a comprehensive set of data on national-level cybersecurity, information technology, and demographic data. The Dashboard allows these stakeholders to observe chronological trends and multivariate correlations that can lead to insight into the current state, potential future trends, and approximate causes of global cybersecurity issues. This report summarizes the purpose, state, progress, and challenges of developing the Data Dashboard project.

Disclaimer: This report relies on publicly available information, especially from the CERTs’ pubic web sites. They have not yet been contacted to confirm our understanding of their data. That will be done in subsequent phases of this effort.

Suggested Citation

Madnick, Stuart and Choucri, Nazli and Camina, Steven and Fogg, Erik and Li, Xitong and Fan, Wei, Explorations in Cyber International Relations (ECIR) - Data Dashboard Report #1: CERT Data Sources and Prototype Dashboard System (September 23, 2009). MIT Sloan Research Paper No. 4754-09. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1477618 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1477618

Stuart E. Madnick (Contact Author)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Sloan School of Management ( email )

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Nazli Choucri

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Department of Political Science ( email )

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Steven Camina

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) - Electrical Engineering and Computer Science ( email )

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Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
United States

Erik Fogg

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) ( email )

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Cambridge, MA 02139-4307
United States

Xitong Li

HEC Paris - Information Systems and Operations Management ( email )

1 rue de la Liberation
Jouy-en-Josas Cedex, 78351
France

Wei Fan

Tsinghua University ( email )

No.1, Tsinghuayuan Road,Haidian District
Beijing, Beijing
China

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