Carnegie Mellon University
October 09, 2020

Cyber defense is an art in human deception

For CyLab’s Coty Gonzalez, protecting networks against cyberattacks is a game of deception.

“Make valuable targets look worthless, make worthless targets look valuable,” Gonzalez says. “Basically, you want to do anything you can to confuse and slow down the attacker.”

Gonzalez, a research professor in Social and Decision Sciences (SDS), and her group presented two studies on cyber deception at this week’s Human Factors and Ergonomics Society annual meeting (HFES2020). CyLab director Lorrie Cranor gave the meeting’s keynote talk.

Human attackers aren’t as rational as we thought. 

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