Lior Tabansky Tel Aviv University

Current research Lior Tabansky • Defense adaptation and Military Innovation
• Cyber Power
• Influence Operations and other non-kinetic applications of cyber power
• Comparative national cybersecurity organization in developed countries
• Russian strategic thinking
• Cyber Situational Awareness: technical and organizational developments

In 2018, I held a visiting research fellowship with the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) - an autonomous school within Nanyang Technological University Singapore (NTU). RSIS is the leading research and graduate teaching institution in strategic and international affairs in the Asia Pacific. Incorporating five Research Centres, RSIS is a pivotal force in Singapore's defense and security policy. Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is ranked 12th globally in the 2018 Quacquarelli Symonds  (QS) World University Rankings. NTU was also ranked the  world’s best young university (under 50 years old) by QS for the fifth consecutive year. In addition, NTU was named the world’s fastest rising young university by Times Higher Education in 2015. Known for research excellence and impact, NTU is placed 29th among the world's universities in the  2018 Nature Index.

Current research Lior Tabansky

Cybersecurity theory development: the Israeli case in strategic context

As cybersecurity overlaps national security, one expects the application of the rich Security Studies scholarship to cybersecurity. But Security Studies have largely neglected the cybersecurity topic in the West. In attempt to bridge this gap I apply the literature on Israeli Strategy to analyze Israeli cybersecurity policy. This research provides the missing context to cybersecurity debates by utilizing Security Studies knowledge on National Grand-Strategy to analyze cybersecurity. It presents a theoretical-methodological innovation, with a broad generalization potential.

Hostile Influence Operations via Social Media: a Cybersecurity issue? Assessing the recent Western experience with pro-Russian influence.

The events of 2014 have shown that the risk of political debate and decision-making being influenced by hostile Influence Operations via Social Media is no longer theoretical. The West was caught off-guard by the bloodless annexation of Crimea, and the following warfare in Eastern Ukraine. If this Western reaction can be partly attributed to pro-Russian Influence Operations that utilized the unique attributes of Social Media, This aspect of Cyber Power should be reassessed. I focus on the recent shift in threat perception that resulted in NATO and European research and policy efforts to defend against hostile Influence Operations.

Deterring cybersecurity threats through Internet topology, law enforcement and technical mitigation

Led by Singapore Management University's School of Information Systems, this project addresses two key questions:
  1. How to achieve a balance between openness and security when implementing international enforcement actions and sharing technology information to counter cyber-attacks.
  2. How to characterise the interdependency of cyber-attacks.




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