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Countering Foreign Influence

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Countering Foreign Influence

  1. 1. Presenter’s Name December 9, 2019 C I S A | C Y B E R S E C U R I T Y A N D I N F R A S T R U C T U R E S E C U R I T Y A G E N C Y COUNTERING FOREIGN INFLUENCE OVERVIEW FOR OECD HIGH-LEVEL RISK FORUM DECEMBER 2019 1
  2. 2. Matthew Travis, Deputy Director, CISA December 9, 2019 Goals of Election Interference Source: “Cyber Threats to Canada’s Democratic Process,” Canada Centre for Cyber Security
  3. 3. Matthew Travis, Deputy Director, CISA December 9, 2019 How Ideas (Good or Bad) Spread & Grow…or Fade Away 3 Source: TRUST Partners, Phil Cowdell
  4. 4. Matthew Travis, Deputy Director, CISA December 9, 2019  Black Culture/Community Issues  Police Brutality/Black Lives Matter  Pro-Police/Blue Lives Matter  Anti-Refugee/Immigration & Border Issues  Texas Culture  Southern Culture/Confederate History  Separatist Movements  Muslim Issues  LGBT Issues  Gun Rights/2nd Amendment  Patriotism/Tea Party  Religious Rights  Native American Issues  Veterans Issues  Local News/Journalism/Media Russian Disinformation Themes During 2016 Election 4 Source: “The Tactics and Tropes of the Internet Research Agency,”, DiResti, Albright, and Johnson, New Knowledge
  5. 5. Matthew Travis, Deputy Director, CISA December 9, 2019 5
  6. 6. Matthew Travis, Deputy Director, CISA December 9, 2019 6
  7. 7. Matthew Travis, Deputy Director, CISA December 9, 2019 7
  8. 8. Matthew Travis, Deputy Director, CISA December 9, 2019 8
  9. 9. Matthew Travis, Deputy Director, CISA December 9, 2019 9
  10. 10. Matthew Travis, Deputy Director, CISA December 9, 2019 Understanding Foreign Influence in 5 Easy Steps 10
  11. 11. Matthew Travis, Deputy Director, CISA December 9, 2019 DHS Approach 11 • Adversary TTPs • Narratives: Likely and Emerging • Target Audience Quantify Inoculate Mitigate Identify • Message impact • Channel effectiveness • Target Audience response • Build awareness of risk • Provide “pre-bunk” messaging • Rapidly distribute messaging • Share incident information
  12. 12. Matthew Travis, Deputy Director, CISA December 9, 2019 Recognize the Risk Secure Systems Coordinate with Social Media Platforms Avoid Amplifying Disinformation  Question the source  Investigate the issue  Think before you link  Talk to your circle Report incidents What Can You Do? 12
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