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Ignacio X. Dominguez, Prairie Rose Goodwin,, David L. Roberts,, Robert St. Amant.  2016.  Human Subtlety Proofs: Using Computer Games to Model Cognitive Processes for Cybersecurity. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction, special issue on Cognitive Foundations for Human-Computer Interaction.

This article describes an emerging direction in the intersection between human–computer interaction and cognitive science: the use of cognitive models to give insight into the challenges of cybersecurity (cyber-SA). The article gives a brief overview of work in different areas of cyber-SA where cognitive modeling research plays a role, with regard to direct interaction between end users and computer systems and with regard to the needs of security analysts working behind the scenes. The problem of distinguishing between human users and automated agents (bots) interacting with computer systems is introduced, as well as ongoing efforts toward building Human Subtlety Proofs (HSPs), persistent and unobtrusive windows into human cognition with direct application to cyber-SA. Two computer games are described, proxies to illustrate different ways in which cognitive modeling can potentially contribute to the development of HSPs and similar cyber-SA applications.


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