Emerging Trends - Threat & Technology

C3: Kinetic Cyber Effects for the Win!

Thursday, June 8, 2023 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Room 403/404


Despite the impact of cyber vulnerabilities, exploits, and attacks on a global scale it is still challenging for operators to convince leadership of the need to invest in the training and technologies to stay ahead of increasingly sophisticated threat actors. This is because leaders cannot actually "see" the results of cyber-attack firsthand. This is where simple kinetic cyber effects demonstrations come into play, providing a display of effects in the real world that leaders can actually see and touch. While only a simulation of attacks, the tangible aspects of the kinetic effects can deliver the "ah ha" moment leaders need to understand the need to focus on cyber operations. The presentation provides an example of a working kinetic cyber demonstration capability, along with an overview the design methodology using inexpensive and open source tools. The presentation takes the audience through the story leading up to a cyber attack (pulled from the headlines) with kinetic effects. Finally, the cyber attack is demonstrated from beginning to end with the kinetic effects realized ultimately helping leaders grasp the potential impacts that threat actors can deliver in and through cyberspace.

Learner Objectives

After this session, learners will see the potential impact of kinetic cyber effects. After this session, learners will understand the types of resources need to create kinetic cyber effects simulator. After this session, learners will know how kinetic cyber effects demonstrations can impact audiences.