Evaluating the utilization of Twitter messages as a source of security alerts

Rodrigo Campiolo, Luiz Arthur F. Santos, Daniel Macêdo Batista, Marco Aurélio Gerosa

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Abstract

The fast spread of computer security alerts, like vulnerabilities notifications, applications updates and threats of attacks, is essential to the implementation of efficient reactive measures against security incidents. This paper presents an empirical study that evaluates the efficiency of using Twitter posts, related to computer security, as notifications of security alerts. The justification to this study is the fact that posts from microblogs have a very fast spread over the Internet. By using similarity analysis and clustering between Twitter posts and alerts from specialized sites, it was verified that microblogs spread computer security alerts in a reliable way, reach a high level of dissemination and inform about security threats even before some specialized sites.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication28th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing, SAC 2013
Pages942-943
Number of pages2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Externally publishedYes
Event28th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing, SAC 2013 - Coimbra, Portugal
Duration: Mar 18 2013Mar 22 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing

Conference

Conference28th Annual ACM Symposium on Applied Computing, SAC 2013
Country/TerritoryPortugal
CityCoimbra
Period3/18/133/22/13

Keywords

  • Information retrieval
  • Microblogs
  • Security

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software

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