Military Activities and Cyber Effects (MACE) Taxonomy

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Authors
  1. Bernier, M.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
Abstract
Malicious cyber activities are continually growing both in number and in complexity. There are many types of cyber attacks that exist and each can produce a range of effects. In order to facilitate an improved shared understanding of threats in the cyber environment among military operators, we propose in this report a taxonomy for Military Activities and Cyber Effects (MACE). The MACE taxonomy was originally developed as the foundation for the modeling, simulation and experimentation of cyber attacks and the effects they can produce, but was then expanded to describe the linkages to military activities and their desired effects. It consists of the following six categories: Attack Types, Levels of Access, Attack Vectors, Adversary Types, Cyber Effects, and Military Activities. Together these can provide the underlying structure for the development of a threat model or can easily provide the details required to develop scenario vignettes for cyber related experiments and exercises. This report describes in detail the six categories of the taxonomy.

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Keywords
cyber effects;cyber attacks;taxonomy;military activities;military effects
Report Number
DRDC-CORA-TM-2013-226 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Dec 2013
Number of Pages
54
DSTKIM No
CA042034
CANDIS No
803340
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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