Army: Cyber Deception

see notice $1,250,000

The MURI program supports basic research in science and engineering at U.S. institutions of higher education (hereafter referred to as “universities”) that is of potential interest to DoD. The program is focused onmultidisciplinary research efforts where more than one traditional discipline interacts to provide rapid advances in scientific areas of interest to the DoD. DoD’s basic research program invests broadly in many specific fields to ensure that it has early cognizance of new scientific knowledge.

Objective: To establish a scientific foundation for modeling adversarialcognitive states and decision-making processes, identify information metrics for driving cognitive state change by deception, and create an integrated framework of information composition and projection to manipulate adversaries’cognitive state and decision-making process that provides a future basis for active cyber defense.

Research Concentration Areas: Multidisciplinary participation is expected from SMEs in psychology, social-cognitive sciences, dynamic game theory, machine learning, statistics, and computer science. Potential topics include but are not limited to: 1) Psychological and social-cultural adversarial cognitivemodels that can be used to estimate and predict adversarial cognitive states and decision processes; 2) Adversary observation/learning schemes through both active multi-level “honey bait” systems and passive observation, in conjunction with active learning and reasoning to deal with partial information and uncertainties; 3) Metrics for quantifying deception effectiveness in driving adversary cognitive state and in determining optimized deception information composition and projection; 4) Theoretical formulation for a one-shot or multiple rounds of attacker/defender interaction models that can fully capture the rich dynamics of cyber deception; 5) Identify social/cultural factors in cognitivestate estimation and decision-making leverage process; 6) Formulation of deception information and projection based on cognitive models and effective metrics.