EVE and ADAM: Situation Awareness Tools for NATO CCDCOE Cyber Exercises

Francisco Jesús Rubio Melón, Teemu Uolevi Väisänen, Mauno Pihelgas

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    Abstract

    We present a new situation awareness visualisation tool, the Events Visualisation Environment (EVE), and its internal events aggregator module, the Advanced Data Aggregation Module (ADAM), which have been successfully used during the most recent cyber exercises (i.e., Locked Shields and Crossed Swords) organised by the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defence Centre of Excellence (NATO CCDCOE).
    The functional requirements for EVE and ADAM were based on the unique cyber exercise needs for analysis and game development, and were finalised after we had completed a state-of-the-art review to look for suitable tools that could meet our requirements.
    The main purpose of EVE is to visualise security alerts on any given network map. ADAM, the supporting events aggregation module, processes, combines and filters incoming notifications from various types of sensors, and makes them ready to be visualised by EVE. EVE offers an intuitive and real-time visualisation that is easily understandable at first glance by both technical and non-technical staff. It also allows for recording and playback, and considers attack types, game phases, attack sources, and targets.
    The information required by EVE is obtained from different sensors operating on the network. EVE allows for a very simplified communication channel with them, based on JSON formatted messages sent over an HTTP POST request. The sensors used during the cyber exercises to test the tools are also described here.
    The tools have provided an enhanced situation awareness experience over previous cyber exercises organised by NATO CCDCOE, and can be used in other exercises or, more generally, in real-life, production-ready environments. EVE (with ADAM included)
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCyber Physical Security of Defense Systems
    Subtitle of host publication STO - Meeting proceedings
    EditorsXuewen Chen, Bo Luo, Feng Luo, Vasile Palade, M. Arif Wani
    Number of pages15
    Publication statusPublished - 28 May 2018
    MoE publication typeB3 Non-refereed article in conference proceedings
    EventSystems Concepts and Integration (SCI) Panel SCI-300 Specialists’ Meeting on ‘Cyber Physical Security of Defense Systems’ - Fort Walton Beach, United States
    Duration: 8 May 20189 May 2018

    Seminar

    SeminarSystems Concepts and Integration (SCI) Panel SCI-300 Specialists’ Meeting on ‘Cyber Physical Security of Defense Systems’
    CountryUnited States
    Period8/05/189/05/18

    Keywords

    • aggregation
    • alerts
    • filters
    • network maps
    • situation awareness
    • visualisation

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    Rubio Melón, F. J., Väisänen, T. U., & Pihelgas, M. (2018). EVE and ADAM: Situation Awareness Tools for NATO CCDCOE Cyber Exercises. In X. Chen, B. Luo, F. Luo, V. Palade, & M. A. Wani (Eds.), Cyber Physical Security of Defense Systems: STO - Meeting proceedings [STO-MP-SCI-300] https://ccdcoe.org/uploads/2018/10/EVE-ADAM-MP-SCI-300-10.pdf