CypherCon 2022

Stealing Reality? A Deepfakes Redux.

Alyssa Miller


In the lead-up to the 2020 US Presidential election, there were a lot of concerns from security professionals about the potential role that Deepfake media could play in shaping voter opinions. While these concerns were not unfounded, in the end there were no notable instances of deepfakes being used to manipulate the election. Why not? What is the current status of Deepfake technology? Where are we headed next? Hacker and Security evangelist Alyssa Miller will answer these questions and talk about how the threat landscape will continue to evolve as we head into the future.

In her keynote address, Alyssa will discuss how Generative Adversarial Networks (GAN) have been leveraged since 2018 to create convincing fake videos and audio. She will examine how the technology and approaches to creating deepfakes have changed in the past two years, bringing the capability to an on-demand consumer market through mobile apps and websites. Further, she’ll analyze the reasons why deepfakes didn’t play a greater role in the 2020 election and whether that attack vector still has potential. Alyssa will also discuss what other threats remain, what limitations the current technology has, and how the future threats could evolve with this technology. Join us and discover just how, if at all, are deepfake creators and attackers stealing our reality.

Alyssa Miller


Alyssa is a hacker/researcher, security evangelist, and security professional. With over two decades of experience in IT, first as a programmer and then as a penetration tester and security consultant, Alyssa has earned a reputation for being able to credibly operate on both sides of the fence between technical experts and high-level business executives. A naturally curious lover of technology, Alyssa has always had a passion for deconstructing technology to learn how it functions and improve upon it. Computers, in particular, have fascinated her since she was in pre-school when her father would bring home a computer from work. At the age of 12 she saved up enough money to buy her first computer on which she taught herself BASIC programming, operating systems and even asynchronous communications protocols. Still it wasn’t until after three semesters of pre-med studies at Marquette University that Alyssa finally found her career calling and switched to the Computer Science program.

Alyssa’s professional track record includes leading the security testing and vulnerability management program for a Fortune 500 Financial Technologies firm, leading security consulting practices for multiple highly respected firms, and most recently as the Application Security Advocate for London-based Snyk Ltd. Alyssa speaks internationally at industry, vendor, and leadership conferences on topics ranging from technical security vulnerabilities, to high-level security program strategies, to issues within the security community itself. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Women of Security (WoSEC) and engages with the community through her blogs, video content, podcast appearances, and social media presence.