Rose Bernard has worked at Digital Shadows since January 2018 and currently manages the Strategic Research Team. Prior to this she worked for Control Risks in the cyber threat intelligence team, and for the National Crime Agency where she focused on counter-narcotics. Rose specialises in online activist and extremist groups, and the evolution of Latin American cybercrime. She holds an MA in History and Languages from University College London and is currently gaining her doctorate at Kings College London, where she is creating a framework for intelligence sharing between civilian and military organizations in the case of public health events of international concern (PHEIC).
Talk Title: Espionage, crime, and hacktivism: are labels important in cyber threat intelligence?
The cyber threat landscape has traditionally broken down threat actors into three vast typologies: nation-states or nation-state associates, financially motivated, and ideologically motivated. However, threat actors are increasingly crossing these boundaries, with nation-state groups such as Lazarus involved in bank heists, cyber criminals contracting out espionage services, and ideologically motivated threat actors stealing sensitive data. We will explore the tactics, techniques, and procedures associated with each of these categories, and look at the ways that some threat actors are subverting these definitions. Finally we will discuss if making these definitions is useful, and how the context of a threat changes how we react and mitigate against it.