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Cognitive Bias and Critical Thinking in Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) — Benjamin Brown (Circle City Con 2014 Videos) (Hacking Illustrated Series InfoSec Tutorial Videos)

Cognitive Bias and Critical Thinking in Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) — Benjamin Brown
Circle City Con 2014
http://circlecitycon.com

Abstract: When gathering open source data and transforming it into actionable intelligence, it is critical to recognize that humans are not objective observers. Conscious and unconscious assumptions drive analysts’ choices about which data to analyze and how much importance to ascribe to each resource. Furthermore, analysts’ personal conceptual frameworks about reality and how the world works can undermine the process of objectively translating data into intelligence. These implicit assumptions, otherwise known as cognitive biases, can lead to missed data, skewed intelligence, illogical conclusions, and poor decision making. In this presentation I will illustrate some of the cognitive biases relevant to OSINT and what can be done about them.

Author Bio: Benjamin Brown currently works on systems safety, adversarial resilience, and threat intelligence at Akamai Technologies. He has experience in Non-profit, Academia, and the corporate world as well as degrees in both Anthropology and International Studies. Research interests include the psychology, anthropology, and sociology of information security, threat actor profiling, and thinking about security as an ecology of complex systems.

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