Patrick McDaniel is a Distinguished Professor in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Pennsylvania State University, Fellow of the IEEE and ACM, and Director of the Institute for Networking and Security Research. Professor McDaniel is also the program manager and lead scientist for the Army Research Laboratory’s Cyber-Security Collaborative Research Alliance. Patrick’s research focuses on a wide range of topics in computer and network security and technical public policy. Prior to joining Penn State in 2004, he was a senior research staff member at AT&T Labs-Research.
The Cyber Security Collaborative Research Alliance: Unifying Detection, Agility, and Risk in Mission-Oriented Cyber Decision Making
For military networks and systems, the cyber domain is ever-increasingly contested and congested space. Defenders of these systems must fight through adversary action in complex tactical and strategic environments. Just now completing its third year, the Cyber-Security Collaborative Research Alliance has sought to develop approaches for understanding and countering adversaries. The goal of this work is to develop a new science of cyber-decision making in military networks and systems. In this article we introduce the conceptual framework for this new science and consider its core research elements of detection (situational awareness), risk (measurement and assessment), and agility (adapting systems to evolving threats); overlaying this is the human dimension of users, defenders and attackers. We conclude by articulating a vision for future military cyber-operations.