Decision-making in Cybersecurity: A Bibliometric analysis


  • Mohammad Aljanabi Department of Computer, College of Education, Al-Iraqia University, Baghdad, Iraq
  • Ahmed Hussein Ali Department of Computer, College of Education, Al-Iraqia University, Baghdad, Iraq
  • Mohanad Ghazi Yaseen Imam Aladham University College, Iraq
  • Mostafa Abdulghafoor Mohammed Computer Science Department, Computer Science &Information Technology College, Anbar University, Anbar, 31001, Iraq
  • Sahar Yousif Mohammed Computer Science Department, Computer Science &Information Technology College, Anbar University, Anbar, 31001, Iraq



This bibliometric analysis explores research trends and patterns in the intersection of decision-making and cybersecurity. Using Scopus data, we conducted a systematic search and identified 4,637 relevant documents published between 2018-2024. Quantitative analysis reveals rising annual publications with a peak in 2023, the predominance of journal articles, and robust international collaboration networks. China and the USA lead global scientific production. Key topics include risk assessment, network security, decision support systems, and emerging technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence. Core journals with high citation impact such as IEEE Access and Expert Systems with Applications highlight significant sources of literature. The study provides a holistic overview of the landscape, evolution, contributors, and themes within decision-making and cybersecurity research.


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How to Cite

Mohammad Aljanabi, Ahmed Hussein Ali, Mohanad Ghazi Yaseen, Mostafa Abdulghafoor Mohammed, and Sahar Yousif Mohammed, “Decision-making in Cybersecurity: A Bibliometric analysis”, WJCMS, vol. 2, no. 4, pp. 47–67, Dec. 2023, doi: 10.31185/wjcms.208.