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Cyber Security Webinar | Lying to Attackers – An Overview of Cyber-Deception and the Road Ahead by Dr Xavier Bellekens


With a credited rise of 238% in cyberattacks against financial institutions in 2020, 90% of critical infrastructures having reported a breach in the last 2 years, and dwell times ranging from 190 days to 314 days from breach to containment, new techniques for in-network attacker detection are needed. This talk will provide an overview of the field of cyber-deception and explore its use to deliberately create uncertainty and confusion in an attacker’s mind. With the aim to provide situational awareness to defenders and to influence, manipulate and misdirect an attacker perceptions and decision processes.

About the speaker

Dr Xavier Bellekens is a Chancellor’s Fellow Assistant Professor with the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Strathclyde, a Nonresident Fellow of the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council, and co-founder of Lupovis.io a start-up focused on dynamic cyber-deception. His current research interests include critical infrastructure protection and defence as well as cyber deception and deterrence.

Xavier is also a co-chair of the IEEE Cyber Science collocated conferences, the Education Cyber-Security Thematic Leader, Vice-Chair of the Cyber-Security Group and the Chair of the Blockchain Group for IEEE UK and Ireland.

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