Valuing Cybersecurity Research Datasets
Tyler Moore, Erin Kenneally, Michael Collett, and Prakash Thapa. Valuing cybersecurity research datasets. In 18th Workshop on the Economics of Information Security (WEIS), 2019.
27 Pages Posted: 23 Oct 2019
Date Written: June 3, 2019
Cybersecurity research datasets are incredibly valuable, yet efforts to broaden their availability have had limited success. This paper investigates why and advances under-standing of paths forward using empirical data from a successful sharing platform. We start by articulating the benefits of collecting and sharing research datasets, followed by discussing key barriers that inhibit such efforts. Using extensive data on IMPACT,a long-running cybersecurity research data sharing platform, we identify factors that affect the popularity of datasets. We examine over 2,000 written explanations of in-tended use to identify patterns in how the datasets are used. Finally, we derive a quantitative estimate of the financial value of sharing on the platform based on the costs of collection avoided by requesters.
Keywords: cybersecurity, research & development, law, data sharing, security economics, incentives
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