Cyber spying. Russian hacking. DNC leaks, fake news, and manipulation. To Laura Galante, cybersecurity—and cyber literacy—are indispensable tools for any government or corporation. From The New York Times and CNN to the TED main stage, Galante makes sense of a subject notorious for spin—and links the need for digital literacy to a defense of both corporate security and democracy itself.
Laura Galante analyzes how the modern state uses cyberspace, or information space, to further its interests. She describes a domain where militaries, intelligence services, criminal groups, and individuals interact and jockey for power—with far fewer restraints than in the physical world. She is both a leading voice and trusted authority for organizations and media seeking plain-spoken, lucid explanations of this phenomenon, including CNN, Bloomberg, NPR, BBC, Fox News, The New York Times, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, as well as the TED main stage. Most recently, she founded Galante Strategies to assist governments, corporations, and private citizens in recognizing, and responding to, cyber and information threats.
Galante previously served as Director of Global Intelligence at FireEye, where her teams investigated network activity, profiled advanced threats, and communicated the political, military, and financial implications of cyber operations. A founding member of Mandiant Intelligence, her work has involved leading strategic analysis, developing intelligence capabilities and offerings, and directing intelligence publications, including: APT28: A Window into Russia’s State Cyber Espionage; Red Line Drawn: China Recalculates its Use of Cyber Espionage; and Hacking the Street? FIN4 Likely Playing the Market.
In November 2016, Galante spoke at the UN Security Council’s meeting on cybersecurity and international peace and security. Prior to her work at FireEye and Mandiant, she led a contractor team analyzing cyber capability development and military doctrine at the U.S. Department of Defense, and supported the 2010 U.S.-Russia bilateral information security talks. She holds a J.D. from the Catholic University of America and a B.A. in Foreign Affairs and Italian from the University of Virginia.
Cyber Security in the Age of Connectivity A Practical Guide to Protecting What’s Most Important
Stories about hacking, fake news, leaked emails, and rigged elections—linked to reports of Russian-sponsored interference—have made alarming, bewildering headlines. But one thing’s for certain—they’re not going away. In the age of social media, information warfare is set to have major consequences for industry, geopolitics, and democracy itself.
To Laura Galante, this is the world we live in—whether we’re ready to accept it or not. And for CEOs of Fortune 500s, as well as leaders in the public sphere, she’s here to remind us that it’s not a matter of if, but when your organization needs to respond. In this talk, this cyberspace expert helps us understand the evolving history of how states have navigated (and manipulated) the digital sphere. How did Chinese military hackers steal a decade’s worth of R&D from global corporations? How did a frequently dismissed state—North Korea—cause the first major US response to a cyber attack? How did hackers with Wall Street-fluency breach media and healthcare companies so they could play the market? How were pro-Assad hackers able to lure Syrian rebel forces to give up battle plans and supply routes at a critical time in the Syrian war? And how did Russia go from elusive boogey man to actively influencing domestic political dialogues?
Beyond outlining historical junctures, Galante also speaks larger ideas around the new digital zeitgeist: how information can be weaponized, and public opinion can be swayed with a carefully planted idea. She stresses the need for a greater cyber-fluency: how it’s up to us, and not rarified tech experts, to gain a working knowledge of the field. And she reminds us it’s not just systems, but minds that are under attack. In the age of information, critical thinking has never been more crucial—and with Galante, we can renew our commitment to honoring, and questioning, the truth.