Explaining variation in state involvement in cyber attacks: A social network approach

Eric N. Fischer, Ciprianna M. Dudding, Tyler J. Engel, Matthew A. Reynolds, Mark J. Wierman, John N. Mordeson, Terry D. Clark

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Cyber attacks pose an increasing threat to the international system. However, not all states are involved in cyber attacks to the same degree. This chapter asks how we might best explain variation in the involvement of states in cyber attacks across the international system. Conceiving the inter-state system as a social network, we hypothesize that as the global interconnectedness of a state increases so will its involvement in cyber attacks. Our regression models provide support for the contention that the more connected a state is to other states in the international system, the more likely it is to be involved in cyber attacks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSocial Networks
Subtitle of host publicationA Framework of Computational Intelligence
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9783319029924
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

Publication series

NameStudies in Computational Intelligence
ISSN (Print)1860-949X

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Artificial Intelligence

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