National Baselining

The APWG is working with a major US neurocognitive and brain develop research center to develop a national cyber resilience base-lining survey program for university based research centers to gauge user cyber resilience to the now common cybercrime of phishing at national scales. The survey protocol is robuse enough that it can scale out to valid samples for nation states and, with that, produce data that can be of use for a number of research enterprises.

APWG and its research correspondents have been discussing development of the survey instrument for deployment in Argentina, Australia, Portugal, Latvia, New Zealand, Spain and Scotland.

The university has agreed to release the survey software on a Github page udner a Creative Commons license.

The rationale for a survey of this type is manifold:

  • Examination of ICT users’ engagement of common cybercrime risks allows a more comprehensive examination of nature of cybercrime
  • Scaled for broad national baselining surveys, such surveys would allow policy makers to engage human dimensions of cybercrime – with data
  • Researchers are moving forward with such protocol designs and likely will continue as new data is produced that inspire new investigations

What Utility Do These Kinds of Metrics Offer?

  • Identifying user decision-making weaknesses
  • Upgrading user behaviors that consistently assist criminals
  • Identifying UI/UX architectures that demonstrably assist cybercriminals in development of electronic deceptions
  • Pressing cases for remediation of UI/UX architectures that are demonstrably useful to cybercriminals

APWG will serve as data mystic and curator and, as ever, muster catalyst. Toward the first imperative APWG will collect the results of the national baselining surveys and mount the depersonalized and anonymized data on its servers and offer them to qualified research with an interest in the behavioral dimensions of cybercrime.