Effective Cyber Situation Awareness (CSA) Assessment and Training

Period of Performance: 07/15/2014 - 07/15/2015


Phase 2 STTR

Recipient Firm

Sandia Research Corp.
7565 E Eagle Crest Drive SUITE 101
Mesa, AZ 85207
Principal Investigator, Firm POC

Research Institution

Arizona State University
660 South Mil Avenue, Suite 312
Tempe, AZ 85287
Institution POC


The recent increase in cyber attacks against United States critical assets has greatly expanded the need for effective cyber defenses. Human cyber analysts are an essential element in these efforts. Information overload and a concomitant lack of comprehensive cyber situation awareness are common problems that hamper the effectiveness of analysis. Systems that can carry out human-in-the-loop simulation of the cyber analysis task will lead to new capabilities in assessing the effectiveness of analysts and the support tools they use and will help enhance individual and team performance. This proposed Phase II effort will create a new capability for assessing cyber team effectiveness, cyber support tools, cyber training regimes, and the integration of multiple-component systems with human operators. We will develop a enterprise-level test-bed that provides a simulation environment for the cyber analysis task and that is equipped with measures of individual, team, and system effectiveness to allow for the assessment of cyber support tools and visualizations, cyber training regimes, and cyber concepts of operation. The effectiveness metrics embedded within the simulation system can provide real and meaningful measurement of analyst performance, can aid in selecting support tools, will optimize the use of human capital, and will provide better training protocols.