Information Wars

National Security College | Professional course
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Summary

A host of actors across the landscape of global technology are increasingly using information as a weapon. Take a more coordinated, strategic planning approach to the protection of information, the implications for Australia’s national security and the wider region.

Course date: 
8.30am 12 October – 5pm 13 October 2017
Venue: 
NSC Boardroom, Level 3, #132 JG Crawford Building, ANU
Cost: 

A fee of $2110 (plus GST) applies to this course for Commonwealth participating agencies and NSC Partners. The open rate is $2,550 (GST exclusive).

Course overview

Information has always been an important commodity: for business, for government, and in the conduct of our daily lives as private citizens. But a host of actors across the landscape of global technology are increasingly using information as a weapon. They are doing so in ways that break down the distinctions between what is personal and what is political, using new avenues to seek advantages and new outlets to cause harm to societies.

This course addresses the new information wars in a variety of ways to help participants take a more coordinated, strategic planning approach to the protection of information, the implications for Australia’s national security and the wider region.

Scope and content

Understanding the dangers associated with the weaponisation of information is crucial to effective security. In this course you will go beyond deterrence and denial, or risk and regulation, to a necessary understanding of motives and means. The course will illuminate why the providers of Australian critical infrastructure and our key agencies involved in protecting information networks need to work closely together in order to minimise these harms. Participants in the course will:

  • receive a strategic overview of the risk environment from experts in the field that includes hostile state actors, organised criminal syndicates, rogue businesses, terrorist organisations and other malicious network actors

  • evaluate the type and nature of harm that each of these actors poses to business, government and society

  • explore an assessment framework for the main threat vectors by each type of hostile actor, including identifying likely incursion routes

  • identify ways to enhance resilience, whether this is by protecting critical systems or guarding against false and misleading information

  • chart opportunities for cooperation that will make the task of safeguarding information simpler and make our ability to combat disinformation more robust.

Who should attend?

This course is designed for staff from all organisations who would benefit from a deeper understanding of the increasing use of information as a weapon.

Course details

  • Two day, non-residential, fully-catered program

  • An ANU parking permit will be supplied.

Registration

Please contact us at nsc.epdnominations@anu.edu.au for further information and to obtain the registration form.

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