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Experiences and Challenges with Using CERT Data to Analyze International Cyber Security

17 Pages Posted: 25 Sep 2009  

Stuart Madnick

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

Xitong Li

HEC Paris - Information Systems and Operations Management

Nazli Choucri

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

Date Written: September, 24 2009

Abstract

With the increasing interconnection of computer networks and sophistication of cyber attacks, it is important to understand the dynamics of such situations, especially in regards to cyber international relations. The Explorations in Cyber International Relations (ECIR) Data Dashboard Project is an initiative to gather worldwide cybersecurity data publicly provided by nation-level Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) and to provide a set of tools to analyze the cybersecurity data. The unique contributions of this paper are: (1) an evaluation of the current state of the diverse nation-level CERT cybersecurity data sources, (2) a description of the Data Dashboard tool developed and some interesting analyses from using our tool, and (3) a summary of some challenges with the CERT data availability and usability uncovered in our research.

Keywords: Cybersecurity, Computer Emergency Response Teams, Data Dashboard, Country Comparisons

Suggested Citation

Madnick, Stuart and Li, Xitong and Choucri, Nazli, Experiences and Challenges with Using CERT Data to Analyze International Cyber Security (September, 24 2009). MIT Sloan Research Paper No. 4759-09. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1478206 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1478206

Stuart E. Madnick (Contact Author)

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

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Xitong Li

HEC Paris - Information Systems and Operations Management ( email )

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Nazli Choucri

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

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Cambridge, MA 02139
United States

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