None of us wanted this cyber war. But now that it is here all of us are targets.
Even before the cyber war we were being overwhelmed with data. The average citizen is surrounded with information from TV, radio, entertainment, the Internet, social media, co-workers, neighbors, family, schools, the government as well as old sources like books, magazines, newsletters and newspaper. This overwhelming deluge of information is a mix of reporting that includes both valid insights and specious reporting meant to appear to be valid. Yes, some of what we are being subjected to is total baloney!
But now on top of that we are being actively attacked by both cyber attacks and deceptive propoganda from hostile foreign powers. So, like it or not you are a soldier in this fight. In fact, you are the first line of defense. Your weapon in this war, your brain, is our greatest sense of hope. Your brain is what can keep you from getting deceived and what can help you configure your systems at home and work to thwart cyber attacks. It is also the only real way to make sense in this world of information overload and hostile foreign power deceptive operations.
Like any other soldier, you will be more effective if you train with your weapon and learn to operated it with military discipline. And, like any other soldier, if you fail to operate your weapon the right way you may cause more harm than good. If we are to win at cyberwar we all need to train our brains.
All of this means it is more important than every to understand the nature of cognitive bias. If we were in a state of cyber peace, studying cognitive biases would be a nice to have tactic that could help you succeed in life and business. But now that we are in cyber war it is critical that we all study these with the objective of enhancing our mental acuity.
Be a better soldier in the cyberwar. Study this video of the 12 Cognitive Biases:
Biases covered include:
- Anchoring Bias
- Availability Heuristic Bias
- Bandwagon Bias
- Choice Supportive Bias
- Confirmation Bias
- Ostrich Bias
- Outcome Bias
- Overconfidence Bias
- Placebo Bias
- Survivorship Bias
- Selective Perception Bias
- Blind Spot Bias
Learning these biases can help you keep your wits about you in this age of interconnected computers and global cyber war. You see, the bad guys also study human nature, and they try all they can think of to trick you into giving them access to your systems, information, money, or in manipulating your thoughts into believing their propaganda.
For more on why this is so very important track our context on CyberThreats. And for more about the nature of the environment we find ourselves fighting in, read our expert commentary at our Cyber War site.
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