Cognitive Security (COGSEC) refers to practices, methodologies, and efforts made to defend against social engineering attempts‒intentional and unintentional manipulations of and disruptions to cognition and sensemaking. Cognitive Security, in cybersecurity contexts however, usually refers to the application of AI and Machine learning technologies which are modeled on human cognition to the detection of security threats‒in this respect, the two definitions are intertwined, as research which informs the practices and methodologies of the first definition inform the models used in the second.
Research on COGSEC sits at the intersection of many fields, building on research in the domains of sensemaking, memory, active inference and neuroscience, deception and counterdeception, intelligence analysis, bibliometrics, knowledge management, pedagogy, and others.
COGSEC.org sees a multi-dimensional basis for a doctrine of security through wisdom in this domain, providing a basis for whole-of-society defense enabled by communities of practice, tools, education infrastructure, and citizens armed with a stronger remote culture and information capabilities. We try to bring this philosophy into all collaborations - that governments will not solve the world's information problems with top-down control of the information space, but instead through a citizenry well prepared (with education and tools) for communication and collaboration under the pressure of the next generation of information challenges.
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