AVOIDIT: A Cyber Attack Taxonomy

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Cyber attacks have greatly increased over the years, where the attackers have progressively improved in devising attacks towards a specific target. To aid in identifying and defending against cyber attacks the authors proposes a cyber attack taxonomy called AVOIDIT (Attack Vector, Operational Impact, Defense, Information Impact, and Target). The authors uses five major classifiers to characterize the nature of an attack, which are classification by attack vector, classification by attack target, classification by operational impact, classification by informational impact, and classification by defense.