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A quantitative approach to design special purpose systems to measure hacking skills

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posted on 2024-06-04, 15:05 authored by Ahmed Falah, Lei PanLei Pan, Feifei ChenFeifei Chen
Accurate measure of hacking skills level of a person allows to develop a response plan, whether it is for a cyber security learners or facing an adversary. Numerous attempts have been made to rank hackers, qualitatively. We introduce a quantitative approach that calculates the probability of performing certain cyber security actions and match them to well-known hackers ranks. The calculated probabilities are used to design a special-purpose system that measures the hackers' skills level and rank them. Our system uses a machine-learning approach - it starts with statistically calculated or observed initial values, then it can be trained using data generated either by calculating a weighted sum using a neural networks or by further statistics-based estimation and observation. The initial values were gathered and calculated against the participants of a number of hacking competitions. The probabilistic system is controlled in a manner that it allows the admin/owner to design tasks and challenges with a specific difficulty to examine the systems users skills. Alternatively, it can be designed in an open-end manner which can rank the user's skill based on the level reached. To demonstrate our system, we analysed the hacking skills for 8 university students based on their training results.

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Pagination

54-61

Location

Wollongong, N.S.W.

Start date

2018-12-04

End date

2018-12-07

ISBN-13

978-1-5386-6522-0

Language

eng

Publication classification

E1 Full written paper - refereed

Copyright notice

2018, IEEE

Editor/Contributor(s)

Lee MJW, Nikolic S, Ros M, Shen J, Lei LCU, Wong GKW, Venkatarayalu N

Title of proceedings

TALE 2018 : Engineering next-generation learning : Proceedings of the 2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering

Event

IEEE Education Society. Conference (2018 : Wollongong, N.S.W.)

Publisher

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

Place of publication

Piscataway, N.J.

Series

IEEE Education Society Conference

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