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1778635 - Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics, Cyber Security in the Misinformation Age

‐ Oct 19, 2021 11:45am

Cybersecurity is primarily concerned with protecting the value of information, directly or indirectly against theft. Yet we see increasing attacks designed to cause suspicion and uncertainty and undermine confidence in, or promote a particular narrative or ideology. Recently we have seen misinformation attacks intended to undermine confidence in the U.K.'s fights against COVID-19, influence the U.S. elections and destabilize Ukraine’s democratic government. In this session we explore the relationship between the subjective truth and objective facts in the context of fake news and new forms of subtle attacks. We discuss the role that social media, psychology and culture plays. We'll also talk about how, while traditionally an information security problem, this increasingly requires AI-based cybersecurity techniques and technology to detect and mitigate.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the difference and relationship between the objective facts and subjective truth and the ways attackers exploit these to spread misinformation, often using fake news and subtle influences in order to promote their own agenda.
  • Recognize more clearly signs of misinformation and fake news, the rationale behind them, how they manifest, and the different techniques and attack vectors used, often so subtle that they are not immediately obvious on their own.
  • Recognize and assess the risk of misinformation and fake news attacks and decide on what cybersecurity tools, techniques and strategies are available for identifying, analyzing and mitigating these as well as how to implement these tools as part of a wider strategy.




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