Disinformation, media-manipulation, while controlling the narrative is an old capability energized through the global reach of online systems. Most do not realize when they are being guided to a decision that may not be what they really believe. Others seek information the fully confirms their beliefs providing false-validation. Memetic engineering, deepfakes, and auto-generated content easily directs populations to the desired outcome playing on deep-seated bias and social issues. Nation-state intelligence organizations effectively use the platforms of the internet as another weapon against their adversaries. We intend to explore some of their methods and how cyber counterintelligence concepts and processes can be used to identify and possibly neutralize these methods of exploitation. We examine how people acquire information and what we take for granted based on comparison of the comfortable lie versus the inconvenient truth.
Jeff is the Chief Intelligence Officer for Treadstone 71 with clients on 4 continents. In 2007, Jeff received the RSA Conference award for Excellence in the Field of Security Practices. His team also won the 2007 SC Magazine Award – Best Security Team. Jeff sits or has sat on the Board of Boston Infragard, Content Raven, Journal of Law and Cyber Warfare, and Wisegate and was a founding member of the Cloud Security Alliance. Jeff served in the USAF as a cryptologic linguist and in the US Army / US Army National Guard as an armor officer, armored scout platoon leader.
Mr. Bardin has extensive experience in cyber intelligence lifecycle services, intelligence program builds, TIP selection and build out, targeted research and support, cyber counterintelligence services and analysis, deception planning, and cyber operations. He teaches Cyber Intelligence and Counterintelligence (Anonymity, Cyber Personas, Collection management, Clandestine Cyber HUMINT, Socio-Cultural Aspects of Intelligence, Critical Thinking, Cognitive Bias, Methods and Types of Analysis, Mitre ATT&CK, Structured Analytic Techniques, Analytic Writing, Briefings, and Dissemination), open source intelligence collection and tool usage, strategic intelligence, operational/tactical/technical intelligence, and methods in media manipulation identification.
He has BA in Special Studies - Middle East Studies & Language from Trinity College and an MS in Information Assurance from Norwich University. Jeff also attended the Middlebury College Language School for additional language training. Mr. Bardin also spent two+ years studying Russian history, literature, political systems, and language. He lived and worked in the Mediterranean area and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Jeff was an adjunct instructor of master’s programs in cyber intelligence, counterintelligence, cybercrime and cyberterrorism at Utica College. Mr. Bardin has also appeared on CNN, CBS News Live, FoxNews, BBCRadio, i24News, BBN, and several other news outlets and has contributed bylines to Business Insider non-inclusively