Challenges to Human Factor for Advance Persistent Threats Proactive Identification in Modern Social Networks

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Information & Security: An International Journal, Volume 34, Issue 2, p.123-136 (2016)


advanced persistent threats, cyber space, human factor, proactive identification, social networks


The paper looks into the issue of proactive advanced persistent threats (APTs) identification in modern social networks. As these threats are quite unnoticeable and require a long-term, comprehensive monitoring of both technologies and users, a hybrid methodological framework is proposed. A combination of: experts’ knowledge and beliefs, system analysis and real environment interactive validation is presented to meet practical APT challenges. The obtained results provide an explanatory foundation for a better understanding the interaction process of the human factor with future technological developments and resulting threats advances in the evolving cyber space.