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A Survey of Game Theoretic Approaches to Modelling Decision-Making in Information Warfare Scenarios

By Kathryn Merrick, Medria Hardhienata, Kamran Shafi and Jiankun Hu

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Our increasing dependence on information technologies and autonomous systems has escalated international concern for information- and cyber-security in the face of politically, socially and religiously motivated cyber-attacks. Information warfare tactics that interfere with the flow of information can challenge the survival of individuals and groups. It is increasingly important that both humans and machines can make decisions that ensure the trustworthiness of information, communication and autonomous systems. Subsequently, an important research direction is concerned with modelling decision-making processes. One approach to this involves modelling decision-making scenarios as games using game theory. This paper presents a survey of information warfare literature, with the purpose of identifying games that model different types of information warfare operations. Our contribution is a systematic identification and classification of information warfare games, as a basis for modelling decision-making by humans and machines in such scenarios. We also present a taxonomy of games that map to information warfare and cyber crime problems as a precursor to future research on decision-making in such scenarios. We identify and discuss open research questions including the role of behavioural game theory in modelling human decision making and the role of machine decision-making in information warfare scenarios

Topics: game theory, information warfare, cyber warfare, cyber security, Information technology, T58.5-58.64
Publisher: MDPI AG
Year: 2016
DOI identifier: 10.3390/fi8030034
OAI identifier: oai:doaj.org/article:400f457ec02a485c825cb0e3e4921b43
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