This article advocates using the RASCLS v Ransomware (RvR) framework to detect, defend against, and defeat cyber-attacks. RvR employs conventional counterintelligence practices such as the traditional MICE+ G and more modern RASCLS counterintelligence framework to detect, defend against, and defeat cyber-attacks. The MICE+ G framework holds that people betray their organizations and countries because of money (financial problems or goals), ideology (beliefs), coercion/compromise, ego/extortion, and grievances. RASCLS offers similar rationales: reciprocation, authority, scarcity, commitment/consistency, liking (befriending), and social proof. 


Bryson Payne

Bryson Payne is a Certified Ethical Hacker and Information Systems Security Professional who holds the elite SANS|GIAC GPEN in network penetration testing, Global Response and Industrial Defense, and GIAC Reverse Engineering Malware cybersecurity certifications. Professor Payne is the author of several books, the latest being Go Hack Yourself in 2022. He holds a Ph.D. in computer science and has taught computer science and cybersecurity for over 25 years.

Edward L. Mienie

Edward L. Mienie is the Executive Director and Professor of Strategic & Security Studies in the Department of Political Science & International Affairs at the University of North Georgia. Professor Mienie has over 25 years of experience in international relations and business, media relations, and coalition building. He served in the Diplomatic Corps of South Africa from 1987-1998, including four years as Deputy-Ambassador to Switzerland, four years as the Political Advisor to the Ambassador, and as U.S. Government and Congressional Liaison (1989-1992).

Professor Mienie earned a bachelor's degree in law from the University of South Africa. He received his doctorate in international conflict management while teaching and leading the academic exchange program with South Africa at Kennesaw State University.

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No. 8 Rascals vs. Ransomware: A Counterintelligence Framework for Cybersecurity Education