Deception Planning

Cyber Cognitive Warfighter - Denial and Deception

A solidly crafted story contains many dependencies, and backstopping is not trivial.There is a deception maxim we need to understand. It goes as follows:Deception planners must assess the possible effects if the adversary responded differently than expected, as well as the risks of the adversary’s not responding favorably. To say again:Deception planners must assess the possible effects if the adversary responded differently than expected, as well as the risks of the adversary’s not responding favorably. Deception planning addresses a key strategic consideration in cyber deception, an area of cyber security that involves the use of misdirection and misinformation to confuse, mislead, or delay potential cyber attackers.Cyber deception planners strategize and execute operations intended to deceive an adversary, usually a potential or active cyber attacker. The objective is often to misdirect their actions, waste their resources, or gain time to further enhance defensive measures.

However, this maxim emphasizes the need for these planners to consider the different potential responses from the adversary, rather than just the ideal or expected outcome. "Cyber deception planners need to evaluate the potential consequences of all the different ways the adversary might respond, not just the ones they expect. They must also consider the risks involved if the adversary doesn't respond in a way that benefits their organization."

This evaluation process can help the planners to prepare for all scenarios and better protect their organization from cyber threats. It also encourages continual learning and adaptation, as they can use the adversary's responses to refine and improve their cyber deception strategies.

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Treadstone 71
Treadstone 71

Treadstone 71 is a woman and veteran-owned small business exclusively focused on cyber and threat intelligence consulting, services, and training. We are a pure-play intelligence shop.

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Since 2002, Treadstone 71 delivers intelligence training, strategic, operational, and tactical intelligence consulting, and research. We provide a seamless extension of your organization efficiently and effectively moving your organization to cyber intelligence program maturity. Our training, established in 2008, follows intelligence community standards as applied to the ever-changing threat environment delivering forecasts and estimates as intelligence intends. From baseline research to adversary targeted advisories and dossiers, Treadstone 71 products align with your intelligence requirements. We do not follow the create once and deliver many model. We contextually tie our products to your needs. Intelligence is our only business.

  • We use intuition, structured techniques, and years of experience.
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  • Anticipate key target or threat activities that are likely to prompt a leadership decision.
  • Aid in coordinating, validating, and managing collection requirements, plans, and activities.
  • Monitor and report changes in threat dispositions, activities, tactics, capabilities, objectives as related to designated cyber operations warning problem sets.
  • Produce timely, fused, all-source cyber operations intelligence and indications and warnings intelligence products (e.g., threat assessments, briefings, intelligence studies, country studies).
  • Provide intelligence analysis and support to designated exercises, planning activities, and time-sensitive operations.
  • Develop or recommend analytic approaches or solutions to problems and situations for which information is incomplete or no precedent exists.
  • Recognize and mitigate deception in reporting and analysis.
    Assess intelligence, recommend targets to support operational objectives.
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  • Assist in the development of priority information requirements.
  • Enable synchronization of intelligence support plans across the supply chain.
  • ...and Review and understand organizational leadership objectives and planning guidance non-inclusively.

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