ECCWS Pre-Conference Workshops

Wednesday 15 June 2022

10:00 - 16:30

How Cyber Warfare and Information Operations are changing Everything!
Presented by Dr Leigh Armistead

This one-day seminar presents an overview of the key issues which are of concern in today’s challenging world of cyber warfare and cyber security.

There is increasing concern that our systems are vulnerable to attack from numerous sources and that these attacks are becoming more and more sophisticated. It is therefore essential to understand these threats and to be able to create and implement a robust policy of self defence.

This programme takes participants through all the important issues to be considered to ensure that cyber attacks do not disrupt an organization’s operations.

Program outline

1000      What is Information and Cyber Warfare?

  • Why are they different than the traditional focus on Air, Land and Sea capabilities?
  • Theoretical IW versus Reality. 
  • How have the elements of power changed over the last two decades?
  • At the Strategic Level, who controls this power? 
  • If it is not the USG, how can we influence it?
  • How did we protect the US previously, and can we do that now?

11:15     Break

1130      Is there an Operational element of IW?

  • If so, who owns it, what is there span of control and influence?
  • B-Roll, Positive stories, the strength of trust via relationships.
  • What can we not control?
  • Historical Examples: Revolutionary War, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan
  • Disinformation Campaigns by foreign/domestic groups
  • People’s inherent bias and belief’s

12:30     Lunch

1315      Offensive vs Defensive IW

  • Does it matter?  Who can do it?  Are you allowed?
  • If so, do you have trained personnel?
  • What about blowback at the strategic/operational level?
  • From a military aspect, what is in scope?
  • Long-term strategic US objective
  • Medium/Short-Term operational missions
  • Safety of US sailors/soldiers/airman/marines

14:30     Break

14:45     Examples of Current IW Ops

  • Russia
  • China
  • North Korea
  • Iran

15:30     Break

1545      Moving forward – what should we expect?

  • Ransomware to government / corporations
  • Online propaganda to influence diplomatic/military ops
  • More attacks from aboard on service members families
  • ICS Systems are more vulnerable
  • Social Media off-line
  • The IoT is an attack vector

16:15     Summary

1630      Close of Day

The Seminar will run from 10:00 until 16:30 on Wednesday 15th of June 2022 at University of Chester, UK

The attendance fee is £60. Fees include an electronic copy of the course materials. To reserve a place please email Elaine Hayne on