Cognitive differences in offensive and defensive cyber work tasks

James N. Smith, Jason Williams, Tyler M. Pieron

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Abstract

Offensive cyber workers are a small fraction of the overall cyber worker work force. Because of this, they have been lumped in with defensive cyber workers in existing research. This research seeks to understand offensive and defensive cyber workers and their distinct job tasks. We propose an experiment using neuroIS research techniques to examine brain activity of offensive and defensive cyber workers performing both offensive and defensive job tasks to determine the differences in cognition that takes place while performing these two roles. Implications of the research are also discussed.

Keywords

  • Cyber workers
  • Experiment
  • NeuroIS
  • Security worker

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems

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