Monitoring ‘Cyber Related’ Discussions in Online Social Platforms

International Journal On Cyber Situational Awareness (IJCSA)

ISSN: (Print) 2057-2182 ISSN: (Online) 2057-2182

DOI: 10.22619/IJCSA

Published Semi-annually. Est. 2014


Dr Cyril Onwubiko, Chair – Cyber Security & Intelligence, E-Security Group, Research Series, London, UK; IEEE UK & Ireland Section Secretary

Associate Editors:

Professor Frank Wang, Head of School / Professor of Future Computing, Chair IEEE Computer Society, UK&RI, School of Computing, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK

Professor Karen Renaud, Professor of Cyber Security, University of Abertay, Dundee, Scotland, UK

Monitoring ‘Cyber Related’ Discussions in Online Social Platforms

Ruth Ikwu and Panos Louvieris


As the use of social platforms continues to evolve, in areas such as cyber-security and defence, it has become imperative to develop adaptive methods for tracking, identifying and investigating cyber-related activities on these platforms. This paper introduces a new approach for detecting “cyber-related” discussions in online social platforms using a candidate set of terms that are representative of the cyber domain. The objective of this paper is to build and evaluate these candidate terms for detection and tracking of cyber-related activities across various online platforms. The methodology presented in this paper applies natural language processing techniques to representative data from multiple social platforms to develop a representative cyber lexicon that can be applied to filter and text retrieval tasks in online social platforms. This paper also evaluates the terms’ performance in classifying discussions as ‘cyber-related’ or ‘non-cyber-related’. The results presented are most applicable to cyber threat monitoring and detection of malicious cyber activities in online social platforms.

Keywords: Cyber Lexicon, Natural Language Processing, Social platforms, Cyber-Incident Monitoring.

ISSN: 2057-2182

Volume 4. No. 1

DOI: 10.22619/IJCSA.2019.100126

Date: Dec. 2019

Reference to this paper should be made as follows: Ikwu, R. & Louvieris, P. (2019). Monitoring ‘Cyber-Related’ Discussions in Online Social Platforms. International Journal on Cyber Situational Awareness, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp69-98.

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