Bringing Military Deception & Psychology Back into Cyber Defence: The UK’s National Cyber Deception Laboratory

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The cyber threat landscape has become the modern battlefield. Why are levels of incursion, unacceptable in any other forms of warfare, tolerated in cybersecurity?

Cyber deception provides an opportunity to bring military expertise, an understanding of human attackers, and concepts of attritional warfare to cyberspace. It offers a means to actively hunt and fight the enemy in our networks and prosecute an effective cyber defence campaign, protecting and defending the key terrain of our networks and data.

This session will provide an overview of the approach The National Cyber Deception Laboratory (NCDL) is taking to deal with this fascinating yet currently underappreciated topic. It will challenge our thinking about cyber defence and ask if we are making the right assumptions about operating in today’s contested virtual environment.

How should we defend our networks in this unprecedented time? How should we make our networks more robust to deal with the perpetual state of attacks we face and what lessons can we bring in from military strategies and tactics, through the use of Deception, to really bring the fight to our attackers and turn the tables on them?

In recognising the value of Cyber Deception, cyber defenders have to recognise the potential tools they have at their disposal are those that disrupt the thinking and behaviour of the attackers operating within their networks.

This means that rather than psychology supporting the military operation, psychology becomes the key weapon that defenders can use to shape the behaviour of the attackers within a networked virtual environment.

The future of cyberwarfare is not in a Cyber Pearl Harbour but rather in the active engagement of the adversary with cyberpsychology at the heart of an aggressive network defence strategy. Psychologists your country needs you! This is your moment to step up and fight!

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Mon, 25/10/2021 – 7:00pm to 8:00pm
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Robert Black is the Deputy Director of the National Cyber Deception Laboratory and a Lecturer in Information Activities at Cranfield University, based within the Defence Academy of the UK. He is also Director of the UK Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge. At the Defence Academy. Rob leads on a series of modules in the UK MoD’s classified Cyberspace Operations MSc and supports the UK Defence Cyber School in educating senior MoD personnel about Warfare in the Information Age. Rob’s research interests are focused at looking at the nexus of cyber, intelligence and national security, exploring the contemporary challenges surrounding Cyber, Influence and Deception operations in the Information Age.

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Defence and Security Psychology Section Members £5.00
Cyberpsychology Section Members £5.00
BPS Members £25.00
Non-Members  £40.00

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Please note, this webinar will not be recorded. To avoid disappointment please only book a place if you are able to attend the live webinar.

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