Universiteit Leiden

nl en


Russian Information Warfare: Assault on Democracies in the Cyber Wild West

  • Bilyana Lilly
Thursday 26 January 2023
Online / on Zoom

This seminar only takes place online, on Zoom, from 18:00-19:00 (CET) - register at the link below to receive the meeting link.

Register on Zoom

In their January monthly seminar, The Hague Program on International Cyber Security welcomes Dr. Bilyana Lilly, Director of Security Intelligence & Geostrategy at Krebs Stamos. She will present her new book Russian Information Warfare: Assault on Democracies in the Cyber Wild West.

About Russian Information Warfare

Russian Information Warfare: Assault on Democracies in the Cyber Wild West examines how Moscow tries to trample the very principles on which democracies are founded and what we can do to stop it. In particular, the book analyzes how the Russian government uses cyber operations, disinformation, protests, assassinations, coup d'états, and perhaps even explosions to destroy democracies from within, and what the United States and other NATO countries can do to defend themselves from Russia's onslaught.

The Kremlin has been using cyber operations as a tool of foreign policy against the political infrastructure of NATO member states for over a decade. Alongside these cyber operations, the Russian government has launched a diverse and devious set of activities which at first glance may appear chaotic. Russian military scholars and doctrine elegantly categorizes these activities as components of a single strategic playbook — information warfare. This concept breaks down the binary boundaries of war and peace and views war as a continuous sliding scale of conflict, vacillating between the two extremes of peace and war but never quite reaching either. The Russian government has applied information warfare activities across NATO members to achieve various objectives. What are these objectives? What are the factors that most likely influence Russia's decision to launch certain types of cyber operations against political infrastructure and how are they integrated with the Kremlin's other information warfare activities? To what extent are these cyber operations and information warfare campaigns effective in achieving Moscow's purported goals?

Dr. Bilyana Lilly addresses these questions and uses her findings to recommend improvements in the design of U.S. policy to counter Russian adversarial behavior in cyberspace by understanding under what conditions, against what election components, and for what purposes within broader information warfare campaigns Russia uses specific types of cyber operations against political infrastructure.

About Bilyana Lilly

Denounced by the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Bilyana Lilly leads cybersecurity engagements and advises C-suite executives, government, and military leaders on ransomware, cyber threat intelligence, artificial intelligence, disinformation, and information warfare. She is now a geopolitical risk lead at the Krebs Stamos Group. Dr. Lilly previously worked as a cyber manager at Deloitte and as a cyber expert for the RAND Corporation. She has spoken at DefCon, CyCon, the Executive Women’s Forum, and the Warsaw Security Forum. She is the author of more than a dozen peer-reviewed publications and has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy, and ZDNet.

Link to registration

This website uses cookies.