AbstractThe cybersecurity community typically reacts to attacks after they occur. Being reactive is costly and can be fatal where attacks threaten lives, important data, or mission success. But can cybersecurity be done proactively? Our research capitalizes on the Germination Period-the time lag between hacker communities discussing software flaw types and flaws actually being exploited-where proactive measures can be taken. We argue for a novel proactive approach, utilizing big data, for (I) identifying pote…
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