Benjamin Brown

Information Security Akamai Technologies

BIOGRAPHY

Benjamin Brown currently works on systems safety, adversarial resilience, and threat intelligence at Akamai Technologies. He has experience in Non-profit, Academia, and the corporate world as well as degrees in both Anthropology and International Studies. Research interests include the psychology, anthropology, and sociology of information security, threat actor profiling, and thinking about security as an ecology of complex systems.

Presentation: Cognitive Bias and Critical Thinking in Open Source Intelligence (OSINT)

When gathering open source data and transforming it into actionable intelligence, it is critical to recognize that humans are not objective observers. Conscious and unconscious assumptions drive analysts’ choices about which data to analyze and how much importance to ascribe to each resource. Furthermore, analysts’ personal conceptual frameworks about reality and how the world works can undermine the process of objectively translating data into intelligence. These implicit assumptions, otherwise known as cognitive biases, can lead to missed data, skewed intelligence, illogical conclusions, and poor decision making. In this presentation I will illustrate some of the cognitive biases relevant to OSINT and what can be done about them.

Frankly, a good deal of the InfoSec threat intelligence being published is terrible. Our sources and methodologies are underdeveloped and often times not even accessible. There is much at work in the way of undeclared or unrealized assumption and bias that analysts and producers are failing to address. This is my attempt to begin the dialogue and lay the ground-work for pulling these assumptions and biases out of our blindspots and into the light where we can mitigate them with structured frameworks and transparent methodologies.

Are you the next cyber security superstar?

If you are passionate about an information security topic or you have strong technical skills developing researches on your own, you should definitely Apply at Call for Papers. By submitting you will have the chance to showcase your work to +2000 attendees.

Other speakers joining this year

Matthew Halchyshak

Security Technician Security Innovation

Julie Gommes

Cyber Security Analyst

Marion Marschalek

Malware Analyst Cyphort Inc.

Ready for this year's presentations?

By registering you will unlock access to 60+ speakers and two full days with cyber security news & showcases from worldwide leaders.

0
SPEAKERS
0
COUNTRIES
0
ATTENDEES
0
HACKING
COMPETITIONS
0
COMPANIES

Sponsors & Partners

They help us make this conference possible.

POWERED BY

As an infrastructure operator, technology integrator and IT&C services provider, Orange Business Services supports businesses and public entities in their digital transformation. Collect, transport, protect, store and process and analyze: they orchestrate every phase of the data journey, for your business to create even more value.

WWW.ORANGE.RO

PLATINUM PARTNERS

Ixia provides testing, visibility, security solutions, network testing tools and virtual network security solutions to strengthen applications across physical and virtual networks.

WWW.IXIACOM.COM

Secureworks provides threat intelligence-driven security solutions for organizations to prevent, detect, rapidly respond and predict cyberattacks.

WWW.SECUREWORKS.COM

GOLD PARTNERS
SILVER PARTNERS
GAMING PARTNERS
VIP & SPEAKER LOUNGE PARTNER
BRONZE PARTNERS
COMMUNITY & MEDIA PARTNERS