This project aims to explore a new perspective on cyberattacks by applying normal accident theory, typically used to analyze complex system failures, to the realm of cybersecurity. The goal is to gain insights into the factors contributing to cyberattacks and identify potential strategies to prevent and mitigate them. Applying normal accident theory to cyberattacks reveals that while complete prevention is challenging, focusing on human and organizational aspects of cybersecurity can significantly reduce risks. Encouraging adherence to best practices and establishing cybersecurity audit and compliance entities are critical steps toward a more resilient cybersecurity landscape.
Holt, Thomas J. and National Counterterrorism Innovation, Technology, and Education Center, "Applying Normal Accident Theory to Ideological and Nation-State-Sponsored Cybercrimes" (2023). Reports, Projects, and Research. 50.