Detection of attacks on cognitive channels: a Process Query System approach

Annarita Giani

A cognitive channel is the communication channel between a person and the information technology used. An attack on a cognitive channel exploits the vulnerabilities between the user, her perception of the information system, and the actual underlying technology.

The sophistication of modern information systems and their growing presence in human activities has made these channels attractive targets. Cognitive channels are increasingly the weak links in an information system because traditional technical vulnerabilities are being fixed. This has created a significant gap between computer security technology and the threat space.

Modern cognitive channel attacks are in fact complex processes that can be detected and tracked. An effective approach to defending against cognitive channel attacks therefore involves accurate process modeling and the development of new attack models based on processes. We have identified and implemented approaches based on the Process Query System paradigm.

16 Oct (Monday) at 1630 hrs

Gates 4B (opposite 490)