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

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Tyler Moore

University of Tulsa - Tandy School of Computer Science

Erin Kenneally

Elchemy ; International Computer Science Institute (ICSI); U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

Michael Collett

University of Tulsa - Tandy School of Computer Science

Prakash Thapa

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: June 3, 2019

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Moore, Tyler and Kenneally, Erin E. and Collett, Michael and Thapa, Prakash, Valuing Cybersecurity Research Datasets (June 3, 2019). Tyler Moore, Erin Kenneally, Michael Collett, and Prakash Thapa. Valuing cybersecurity research datasets. In 18th Workshop on the Economics of Information Security (WEIS), 2019.. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3469364

Tyler Moore

University of Tulsa - Tandy School of Computer Science ( email )

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Erin E. Kenneally (Contact Author)

Elchemy ( email )

Portland, OR 97238
United States

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International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) ( email )

Berkeley, CA
United States

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.icsi.berkeley.edu/icsi/

U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security

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Washington, DC n/a 20008
United States

Michael Collett

University of Tulsa - Tandy School of Computer Science

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Tulsa, OK 74104
United States

Prakash Thapa

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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