Posts Tagged ‘Modeling’


In past blogs, we shared our thoughts about the future, the potential of virtual worlds and their use in developing the SENDS Center for the Science of Cyberspace (SCSC).  Let’s discuss what we have learned and how we visualize the virtual world component of the SCSC. Our journey began in the “real world” with the concept of a real brick and mortar facility; a very traditional approach requiring the expenses of a physical plant, its furnishings, and the corresponding


Cyberspace security probably has a lot of faces but we write these columns to stimulate thinking not just despair. A finite number of possible solutions are easier for humans to think about than the seemingly infinite number of approaches we’ve tried since cyberspace security became an issue. At the rate we’re going in the arms race between attackers and defenders within cyberspace, the number may actually turn out to be infinite;


SENDS Colleague Ted Belding sent me an interesting NY Times blog over the weekend, entitled “The Asymmetrical Online War” by John Markoff. The NY Times piece rolled up several important thoughts on cyberspace security culminating with a single observation about cyberspace’s effect on the so-called “balance of power” in the information age. That observation came from none other than the co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation,


The Blogging Luddite: People, Cyberspace and Travis McGee

In 1982, John D. MacDonald published Cinnamon Skin. MacDonald, one of my all-time favorite authors, commented on important contemporary social and environmental issues through his famous character Travis McGee. In his writings, MacDonald focused on the most critical element of every environment that affects us: us. SENDS Colleague Eric Bonabeau reiterated that fundamental principle in a recent guest blog in the Atlantic Magazine Online, entitled “Cyber-Security Can't


In an October, 2010 blog, I commented about the importance of asking “the right questions” in critical situations.  “It’s the questions, not the answers, which most guide us in strategic thinking and understanding…And equally important, it is the order in which you ask questions and experience discovery through responses to those questions that help you form strategies.” I wrote these words citing the inspiration of mentor Dr. David Schum of George Mason University. It’s an odd if fascinating experience to


Enhancing SENDSim With Optimization

SENDSim is designed for human experimentation. In the initial tests of SENDSim, a human will modify policies, procedures, and other parts of a network strategy, and then observe the effects as the simulation shows how a network with those policies, procedures, and strategies is impacted by the introduction of malicious software code like


SENDS 2010: The Year in Review

In sports, when an underdog team surprises everyone and gets into the playoffs, they can’t wait until the next game.  That’s what the SENDS team is feeling right now: the thrill of anticipation as we see our season extended and the team getting better and better when it counts. Our goal has always been to empower the public to create the future of cyberspace and become part of the SENDS team.  A few months ago, we were in the odd position of


The Science of Cyberspace Education: An overview

As I mentioned in my recent blog, one of the four tasks for the SENDS Pilot Study is to outline a concept that will lead to the "establishment of modern cyberspace education curricula for government and non-government training and education." While I noted other initiatives in this area in the last blog, we feel creating an education plan specifically focused on a study of the Science of Cyberspace requires unique and intrinsic elements. In a bit of a


Community in Cyberspace: Real or Imagined?

What do the reactions to the recent WikiLeaks (also here), Facebook, and your town have in common? Well, since you saw the title to this week’s blog already, you guessed it: community. The line of inquiry we take up today, however, is how “real” are these communities and what do they mean to us in terms of individual and collective human behaviors? Since we talked a bit about Facebook previously, we'll focus on real "imagined" communities. We all experience


SENDS and Sensibility

Jane Austen’s novel, Sense and Sensibility, tells a story of rich, dynamic dealings among an interesting cross-representation of the people of late 18th Century English life. The successes and failures of the characters of the story, moderated by the emotions and realties of the time, are a microcosm of life even today. The characters lived their lives through complex interactions basically devoid of technology yet ultimately made wise and “sensible” decisions about their lives that produced a relatively “happy ending.” One