Risks of Sharing Cyber Incident Information

Author (ESR): 
Adham Albakri (University of Kent)
Adham Albakri, Eerke Boiten, Rogério De Lemos

Incident information sharing is being encouraged and mandated as a way of improving overall cyber intelligence and defense, but its take up is slow. Organisations may well be justified in perceiving risks in sharing and disclosing cyber incident information, but they tend to express such worries in broad and vague terms. This paper presents a specific and granular analysis of the risks in cyber incident information sharing, looking in detail at what information may be contained in incident reports and which specific risks are associated with its disclosure. We use the STIX incident model as indicative of the types of information that might be reported. For each data field included, we identify and evaluate the threats associated with its disclosure, including the extent to which it identifies organisations and individuals. The main outcome of this analysis is a detailed understanding of which information in cyber incident reports requires protection, against specific threats with assessed severity. A secondary outcome of the analysis is a set of guidelines for disciplined use of the STIX incident model in order to reduce information security risk.

1st International Workshop on Cyber Threat Intelligence Management (CyberTIM 2018)
Monday, August 27, 2018