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Mary Fendley (Committee Member), S. Narayanan (Advisor), Pratik Parikh (Committee Member)

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Master of Science in Engineering (MSEgr)


Keeping in pace with the latest technological innovations in the cyber world, the misuse of this powerful infrastructure has also increased proportionally. Although a lot of recent attacks have been documented in the mainstream media, counter measures for cyber defense mechanism have only received some attention in the recent research literature. Most of the global attacks in the cyber space have proved to be carefully planned premeditated attacks. Considering that most of these attacks are co-coordinated by humans, a new area of psychological weaponry is being investigated by the research community. This study aims to empirically evaluate the effectiveness of the cyber weapon suite of tools to deploy cognitive cyber weapons onto an adversary's computer. The user behavior was assessed based on their performance during the experiment pertaining to each task and measures such as number of repetitions, total time taken to complete each task, total number of emails exchanged by a group and user confidence were considered to evaluate CCWST effectiveness. The results showed that the hypotheses were supported thereby reinforcing the effectiveness of CCWST as a powerful tool to induce cognitive changes in an adversary's thought process.

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Department or Program

Department of Biomedical, Industrial & Human Factors Engineering

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