Security Serious Week

Every year Eskenzi PR and our sister company Smile on Fridays run a campaign during our very own Security Serious Week as part of Cybersecurity Awareness Month!

With the upcoming US elections and the recent outbreak of Covid-19, the issue of disinformation has never been more pertinent. As a result of social media, false or misleading information can spread like wildfire, provoking real and lasting impact on everyday lives.

As such, we are calling upon the cybersecurity industry to BE A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH! We are recruiting as many cybersecurity/disinformation experts as we can – whether researchers, academics, tech vendors etc. – to educate and inform the wider public about the dangers posed by disinformation.

During the week commencing on the 26th of October 2020, we will host a number of events, from panel discussions and podcasts to Tweetchats and quizzes unpacking the many questions and debates surrounding this topic.

Every day will offer thought-provoking content and hopefully, spark conversation!

OUR COLLECTIVE DREAM: To reach half a million people around the world to educate on disinformation and the security risks that it can pose to individuals, organisations and national security.

Take a look at our e-book crafted by cybersecurity’s best experts, offering advice, tools and insight into all things misinformation and disinformation.

Coming Soon
To kick off the week on Monday 26th October, Eskenzi PR will organise a social media demonstration and invite anyone and everyone to post their top tip related to disinformation, using the hashtag #AADisinformation and the Action Against Disinformation stamp. Look forward to seeing your involvement in the campaign!

MONDAY

Manipulation by Disinformation: How Elections Are Swayed

Host:

  • Yvonne Eskenzi, co-founder, Eskenzi PR

Panelists:

  • Jenny Radcliffe, aka The People Hacker, Human Factor Security
  • Rosa Smothers, Senior VP of Cyber Operations at KnowBe4 and former CIA threat analyst
  • Prof. Danny Dresner, Academic Cyber Security Lead at University of Manchester
  • Tony Morbin, editor of IT Security Guru and former editor of SC Magazine
  • Chad Anderson, senior security researcher at DomainTools

In 2016, we witnessed as the Trump and Brexit campaigns leveraged the help of Cambridge Analytica to spread disinformation and sway voters in their favour. While Cambridge Analytica has since been dissolved, the threat of disinformation is ever-present. In many ways, it is a threat that arguably dates back to ancient times and what we see today is simply its amplification on a global scale.

We invite a number of special guests to compare and contrast how propaganda has evolved over the years, looking specifically into how social media has changed the game. Where Rupert Murdoch has had majority ownership of the media, has the advent of social media made electoral campaigns fairer by offering others a voice? Or has it, in fact, become an effective tool for manipulation? What about social media platforms as the gatekeepers? Is it their responsibility to fend off “fake news”? If not, whose responsibility is it?

With the world watching in anticipation as US citizens vote in their 46th president, this will no doubt be a fascinating and relevant conversation to listen in on.

Register for the Webinar Now!

TUESDAY

Tweet Chat: Fake News vs. Free Speech

Panelists:

  • Eoin Keary, Founder and CEO of Edgescan
  • Davey Winder, Cybersecurity journalist
  • Madeline Howard, Socio-Technical Engagement Manager at Cygenta and Director at Cyber Cheltenham (CyNam)
  • Javvad Malik, Security Awareness Advocate at KnowBe4
  • Tony Morbin, Editor-In-Chief at IT Security Guru

Recently, we ran a poll asking the public if they think efforts to crack down on disinformation limits free speech. In this TweetChat, we will have experts weigh in.

What is the right balance between free speech and the accuracy of information shared? How should content/information be regulated? What role do algorithms, bots, and trolls play? And more importantly, how does cybersecurity have anything to do with this? Does cybersecurity impact propaganda? What about the impacts of propaganda on cybersecurity?

Follow the hashtag #AADisinformation to take part in the conversation.

Feel free to send your questions too, just be sure to send them before the 23rd of October! We’ll pick the top ten questions.

WEDNESDAY

An Interactive Talk: Professor Danny Dresner on 5G Disinformation

Online safety is often predicated on showering potential victims with rules to instil fear, uncertainty, and doubt to a level that will long-since be forgotten when challenged with a genuine incident. Well-intentioned, highly informative guidance lacks the opportunity to test its effectiveness when risks are realised. This is a chance to sample ‘Save the World (Wide Web)’ – a test of your coping strategies to get an emotional inoculation against online threats like fake news. It’s a cross between a cybersecurity exercise and a whodunnit.
Developed by Danny Dresner (Manchester), Nick Ponsillo (Chester), and Vic Baines (Oxford) with GCHQ and BAE Systems Applied Intelligence.
Register to Take Part!

THURSDAY

Duped, Deluded, Deceived: How Disinformation Defrauds You

Host:

  • Tony Morbin, Editor-In-Chief of the IT Security Guru

Panelists:

  • Theresa Lanowitz, head of communications at AT&T Cybersecurity
  • Tim Helming, security evangelist at DomainTools
  • Jon Garside, director of product marketing at Securonix
  • Niamh Muldoon, EMEA Senior Director in Trust and Cybersecurity at OneLogin

The pandemic has instigated a major global economic crisis, putting an immense financial strain on individuals as well as the majority of businesses. The last thing they need is to be roped into fraud and lose money to self-serving cybercriminals.

Unfortunately, disinformation is a popular means through which bad actors defraud both organisations and people. For instance, dis- or misinformation has been used to generate fear, creating the ideal environment for criminals to manipulate individuals in phishing scams. Not being able to recognise fake from legitimate news, can also negatively impact financial decisions such as determining the value of an investment.

In this panel discussion, we speak to those at the frontlines working hard to protect individuals from attempts at fraud. It is not one to miss.

Register for the Webinar Now!

FRIDAY

Disinformation for Dummies: A Quiz

For our final event, we invite the public to take part in a quiz and see just how prepared they are to discern between fake news and a legitimate story. Did Trump really fall sick with Covid-19, or was it all a ploy to take control of the narrative? Does Ibuprofen truly accelerate the multiplication of coronavirus? What do you think?

Some stories may appear outrageously obvious, others might surprise you!

Other Content

While our headlining events are as seen above, we have a lot more content coming your way.

Podcasts on the use of deep-fakes in disinformation, interviews about the disinformation trends, an article about the role of journalists – all this and more below:

The Distorted Truth: How Not to Fall Victim in Today's Messy Information Climate

The use of disinformation and misinformation has emerged as a defining problem in our digital age. With so much noise and conflicting information flooding our feeds, how do we know what’s the truth? Listen in as three cybersecurity experts analyze the distortion of truth in today’s messy information climate and steps you can take to find the truth for yourself.

In this webinar Perry Carpenter, KnowBe4’s Chief Evangelist and Strategy Officer, Rosa Smothers, former CIA Cyber Threat Analyst, and Theresa Payton, author and first female White House Chief Information Officer, explore the themes in Theresa’s book Manipulated: Inside the Cyberwar to Hijack Elections and Distort the Truth. 

These three experts analyze and unpack issues including:

  • The real reasons nation states interfere to spread disinformation
  • How social media hyperconnectivity is being used against you
  • Combatting your “confirmation bias”
  • Sourcing and identifying your information and why it’s important
  • How you can use these techniques to protect yourself and your organization from these threats
Watch the Webinar!

Dissecting Disinformation: How the Next Wave of Technology Will Break the Truth

It is harder than ever to discern what is real and what is fake when you’re hit with so much information on a daily basis. It’s not just nation states, governments, or extremists who make use of social media and AI to manipulate information: it’s regular people who have learned how to control the flow of information. Find out how you can use data to analyze what you’re seeing and dissect disinformation.

Perry Carpenter, KnowBe4’s Chief Evangelist and Strategy Officer and Rosa Smothers, former CIA Cyber Threat Analyst recently sat down with disinformation and propaganda researcher Samuel Woolley to explore the themes in Samuel’s book The Reality Game: How The Next Wave of Technology Will Break the Truth. 

They discuss:

  • Why and how propaganda is created and used to manipulate you
  • The real people behind disinformation campaigns and their motivations
  • The role of culture and how it can change the way people are influenced
  • How technology plays a role in aiding manipulation
  • How you can use evidence, facts and data to expose the truth and protect yourself and your organization from falsehood!
Watch the Webinar!

Cordery Head to Head @ Home: Eric Sinrod on the Use of Tech in Elections

In this edition of Cordery Head to Head @ Home Cordery’s Jonathan Armstrong talks to Eric Sinrod of Duane Morris LLP from his home in California.

They talk about how the use of technology in elections and especially the likely role of technology in the forthcoming US elections. Eric talks about the increasing power of social media and the role of Cambridge Analytica and Facebook. Jonathan talks about some UK enforcement activity relating to elections including some data protection cases. He also talks about the recent Aven case involving the Trump Russia dossier.

Insights from Former CIA Analysts: Spotting Fake News and Protecting your Organisation

Fake news and disinformation have become an unfortunate part of our everyday lives. And the bad guys are using it to influence you and affect your organization. To help you interpret the barrage of confusing and oftentimes conflicting information, we have turned to the experts including former CIA Analysts, Rosa Smothers and Cindy Otis.

Join Perry Carpenter, Chief Evangelist and Strategy Office at KnowBe4, along with Rosa, now KnowBe4’s SVP of Cyber Operations and Cindy, author of True or False: A CIA Analyst’s Guide to Identifying and Fighting Fake News, as they take on all things fake news.

In this webinar you’ll learn:

  • The different kinds of disinformation that bad actors use to trick you
  • How nation states use fake news to infiltrate your organization
  • Why disinformation is so dangerous
  • How to spot and avoid disinformation campaigns
  • Ways you can train your users to spot disinformation and keep your organization safe
Watch the Webinar!

What's Missing in Misinformation?

Dr Kris Erickson of Leeds University has put together a brief lecture on the subject of misinformation, and how we, the digital native generation, can combat it.

Disinformation Campaigns Target the Voting Process

By Erich Kron, Security Awareness Advocate at KnowBe4

Recently, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) released a Public Service Announcement (PSA) in regards to disinformation being spread about cyber attacks on our voter registration databases and voting systems. The fact that disinformation campaigns are in full force is no surprise to many people in the cybersecurity industry…

Read the Article!

House of Commons
Disinformation and ‘fake news’: Final Report

This is the Final Report in an inquiry on disinformation that has spanned over 18 months, covering individuals’ rights over their privacy, how their political choices might be affected and influenced by online information, and interference in political elections both in this country and across the world—carried out by malign forces intent on causing disruption and confusion.

Read the Report!

Reuters Institute Digital News Report 2020

This year’s report comes in the midst of a global health pandemic that is unprecedented in modern times and whose economic, political, and social consequences are still unfolding. The seriousness of this crisis has reinforced the need for reliable, accurate journalism that can inform and educate populations, but it has also reminded us how open we have become to conspiracies and misinformation. Journalists no longer control access to information, while greater reliance on social media and other platforms give people access to a wider range of sources and ‘alternative facts’, some of which are at odds with official advice, misleading, or simply false.

Read the Report!

Fact or Fiction? How to spot fake news
- A Guide for Teachers and Parents

This resource is intended to be of use to teachers and parents and aims to provide information on and suggestions for ways to support young people in developing their digital literacy skills in order to effectively identify fake news

Check out the Guide!

Useful Resources:

Disinformation: A cybersecurity problem

Jon Garside from Securonix on how disinformation is a cybersecurity problem for the Security Serious Week Action Against Disinformation Campaign #AADisinformation

Look out for Miss Information: How to Explain Disinformation to Children

By Emma Heffernan, security analyst at Edgescan

Have you ever questioned if what you read online is real or fake?

The internet is evolving – information can come from anywhere, be that reputable news sites, social media or articles without citation. It can be obvious to some which of these are trustworthy, however especially for the youth this isn’t so easy. We already observe the mass circulation of false information. Now more than ever, it is of the utmost importance to educate the youth on how to distinguish truth from lies and fact from fiction…

Read the Article!

Disinformation Campaigns in Free Societies

By Matthew Phal, security researcher at DomainTools

Many people were shocked to hear about foreign disinformation campaigns surrounding the 2016 US elections. As 2016 unfolded and more evidence of Russian involvement emerged, interest in foreign influence operations only intensified with time. Google Trends shows that US searches for the term “disinformation” reached an all-time high in February of 2020, coinciding with the start of American interest in the Coronavirus pandemic in China. Public interest in foreign disinformation operations has remained very high despite other subjects dominating the news cycle. Considering the scrutiny around foreign disinformation campaigns, it is helpful to provide some insight into why foreign actors carry out these actions and how they go about doing it…

Read the Article!

If you are interested in taking part or have any questions, feel free to get in touch!

Bethany Smith – beth@eskenzipr.com