Cyber Fighter Associate

Report No. ARL-MR-0916
Authors: Charles Huber; Lisa M Marvel
Date/Pages: January 2016; 86 pages
Abstract: The Cyber Fighter Associate (CyFiA) is a decision-support program that works with the cyber-network modeling and simulation system, CyAMS. The CyFiA proposes agility maneuvers to a user based on cost and utility of the maneuver as well as the network and node facts. The control flow of the program models a human Observe, Orient, Decide, Act (OODA) loop. The OODA loop has been used as a model to describe decision-making in military environments, making it a reasonable model to use in the CyFiA. The CyFiA was tested to accomplish a patch-management mission while securing a critical path. As a first proof of concept a simulation with a network of 10 nodes and 4 possible agility maneuvers was used. In the future more agility maneuvers will be added and network complexity increased. It is projected that a tool like CyFiA will be a decision aid for network analysts and cyber teams evaluating and applying various agility maneuvers while accomplishing cyber missions in a fast-changing, dynamic environment.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: January 1, 2016