FlipIt is an abstract cyber-security game published in 2012 to investigate optimal strategies for managing security resources in response to Advanced Persistent Threats. In this thesis, we place FlipIt within a more general category of 'stealthy move' games, and provide an approach towards solving such games. We produce a new stealthy move game, 'Dominion', and derive Nash equilibria for it. We establish bounds for the optimal rates of play and benefits for FlipIt, and show that the best strategy to apply to real cyber security threats includes presenting a credible threat to potential players. We also explore the effects of initial game information asymmetry in Dominion.
FlipIt, cyber security, game theory, stealthy move game
Level of Degree
Department of Computer Science
First Committee Member (Chair)
Second Committee Member
Sandia National Laboratories
Hobbs, Jacob. "Dominion: A Game of Information Exploitation." (2015). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/cs_etds/71