Disinformation as a Cybersecurity Problem

Presenter:  Renee DiResta

A major advancement in the practice of defensive information security over the last decade has been the adoption of intelligence driven defense, where defensive teams base their plans and priorities on models of attacker capabilities and techniques that are built on observational evidence of real campaigns. A core component of this practice is known as the “kill chain”, an idea borrowed from information security that maps the process by which an adversary executes an attack. This talk looks at concrete examples of information warfare that go beyond “Russia 2016”, drawing from case studies on influence operations around the world facilitated by a range of actor types, and discusses how the kill chain model can be used to create defensive plans against disinformation.