Assessing Aptitude and Talent for Cyber Operations

  • Lelyn D. Saner
  • Susan Campbell
  • Petra Bradley
  • Erica Michael
  • Nicholas Pandza
  • Michael Bunting
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 501)

Abstract

In a world of rapidly evolving technology, it is an increasingly complex task to protect the integrity of information and security of infrastructural systems. Doing so demands a skilled workforce, which can only be assured with careful testing and selection of cyber operations specialists. We are conducting research to develop a cyber aptitude testing battery to improve selection and placement processes, but one of the biggest challenges lies in concisely characterizing the space of work roles. In this paper, we review some prior approaches to defining cyber work roles and describe our current approach to doing so at a more detailed level.

Keywords

Cybersecurity Human performance Aptitude Work role modeling 

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Copyright information

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lelyn D. Saner
    • 1
  • Susan Campbell
    • 1
  • Petra Bradley
    • 1
  • Erica Michael
    • 1
  • Nicholas Pandza
    • 1
  • Michael Bunting
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (UMD-CASL)College ParkUSA

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