Redefining attack: taking the offensive against networks
Michael, Robert J.
Staples, Zachary H.
MetadataShow full item record
The Information Age empowers individuals, and affords small groups an opportunity to attack states' interests with an increasing variety of tactics and great anonymity. Current strategies to prevail against these emerging threats are inherently defensive, relying on potential adversaries to commit mistakes and engage in detectable behavior. While defensive strategies are a critical component of a complete solution set, they cede initiative to the adversary. Moreover, reactive measures are not suited to quickly suppress adversary networks through force. To address this shortfall in strategic planning, the science of networks is rapidly making clear that natural systems built over time with preferential attachment form scale-free networks. These networks are naturally resilient to failure and random attack, but carry inherent vulnerabilities in their highly connected hubs. Taking the offensive against networks is therefore an exercise in discovering and attacking such hubs. To find these hub vulnerabilities in network adversaries, this thesis proposes a strategy called Stimulus Based Discovery, which leads to rapid network mapping and then systematically improves the accuracy and validity of this map while simultaneously degrading an adversary's network cohesion. Additionally, this thesis provides a model for experimenting with Stimulus Based Discovery in a Multi-Agent System.
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimitedThis thesis done in cooperation with the MOVES Institute
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Hafsia, Raouf. (2001-03);Ad hoc wireless networks are decentralized networks whose members join and leave the network in an asynchronous manner and for short periods of time. Each node participating in the network acts both as host and a router ...
Alderson, David; Ubiquity Staff (Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 2009-08);Since Duncan Watts and Steve Strogatz published “Collective Dynamics of Small-World Networks” in Nature in 1998, there has been an explosion of interest in mathematical models of large networks, leading to numerous research ...
Torner, Linus P. (Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School, 2015-09);Several recent terrorist attacks in Western countries have highlighted the need for strategies to disrupt dark networks, and social network analysis (SNA) has proven to be a useful tool for analyzing network structure and ...