Effective Cyber Situation Awareness (CSA) Assessment and Training

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Office of the Secretary of Defense
Amount:
$100,000.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
STTR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911NF-13-C-0060
Agency Tracking Number:
O12B-T08-2022
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
OSD12-T08
Solicitation Number:
2012.B
Small Business Information
SANDIA RESEARCH CORPORATION
7565 E Eagle Crest Drive, SUITE 101, MESA, AZ, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
786521273
Principal Investigator:
Steven Shope
President
(480) 988-1000
sshope@sandiaresearch.com
Business Contact:
Edward Rose
Accounting manager
(480) 988-1000
erose@sandiaresearch.com
Research Institution:
Arizona State University
Nancy Cooke
7001 E. Williams Field Road
Mesa, AZ, 85212-
(575) 571-0250
Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The recent increase in cyber attacks against United States critical assets has greatly expanded the need for effective cyber defenses. Human cyber analysts are an essential element in these efforts. Information overload and a concomitant lack of comprehensive cyber situation awareness are common problems that hamper the effectiveness of analysis. Systems that can carry out human-in-the-loop simulation of the cyber analysis task will lead to new capabilities in assessing the effectiveness of analysts and the support tools they use and will help enhance individual and team performance. This proposed Phase I effort will create a new capability for assessing cyber team effectiveness, cyber support tools, cyber training regimes, and the integration of multiple-component systems with human operators. We will develop a novel test-bed that provides a simulation environment for the cyber analysis task and that is equipped with measures of individual, team, and system effectiveness to allow for the assessment of cyber support tools and visualizations, cyber training regimes, and cyber concepts of operation. The effectiveness metrics embedded within the simulation system can provide real and meaningful measurement of analyst performance, can aid in selecting support tools, will optimize the use of human capital, and will provide better training protocols.

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