Use of a non-peer reviewed sources in cyber-security scientific research

by   Dalibor Gernhardt, et al.

Most publicly available data on cyber incidents comes from private companies and non-academic sources. Common sources of information include various security bulletins, white papers, reports, court cases, and blog posts describing specific events, often from a single point of view, followed by occasional academic sources, usually conference proceedings. The main characteristics of the available data sources are: lack of peer review and unavailability of confidential data. In this paper, we use an indirect approach to identify trusted sources used in scientific work. We analyze how top-rated peer reviewed literature relies on the use of non-peer reviewed sources on cybersecurity incidents. To identify current non-peer reviewed sources on cybersecurity we analyze references in top rated peer reviewed computer security conferences. We also analyze how non-peer reviewed sources are used, to motivate or support research. We examined 808 articles from top conferences in field of computer security. The result of this work are list of the most commonly used non-peer reviewed data sources and information about the context in which this data is used. Since these sources are accepted in top conferences, other researchers can consider them in their future research. To the best of our knowledge, analysis on how non-peer reviewed sources are used in cyber-security scientific research has not been done before.



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