Network Situational Awareness: Sonification & Visualization in the Cyber Battlespace

Tom Fairfax, Christopher Laing, Paul Vickers

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This chapter treats computer networks as a cyber warfighting domain in which the maintenance of situational awareness is impaired by increasing traffic volumes and the lack of immediate sensory perception. Sonification (the use of non-speech audio for communicating information) is proposed as a viable means of monitoring a network in real time and a research agenda employing the sonification of a network’s self organized criticality within a context-aware affective computing scenario is given. The chapter views a computer network as a cyber battlespace with a particular operations spectrum and dynamics. Increasing network traffic volumes are interfering with the ability to present real-time intelligence about a network and so suggestions are made for how the context of a network might be used to help construct intelligent information infrastructures. Such a system would use affective computing principles to sonify emergent properties (such as self-organized criticality) of network traffic and behaviour to provide effective real-time situational awareness.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook of Research on Digital Crime, Cyberspace Security, and Information Assurance
Place of PublicationHershey, PA
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages675
ISBN (Print)9781466663244
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014

Publication series

NameAdvances in Digital Crime, Forensics, and Cyber Terrorism (ADCFCT)
PublisherIGI Global


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