Bilyana Lilly is a doctoral student at the Pardee RAND Graduate School and an assistant policy researcher at RAND. She leads project teams and co-authors reports on Russian cyber threat actors, information warfare, election cybersecurity, disinformation, machine learning for text analysis, military mobilization, nuclear capabilities and NATO. She has presented RAND-sponsored and independent research at professional conferences, including NATO’s Conference on Cyber Conflict, CyCon; the hacking conference DefCon; and the Warsaw Security Forum.
She received a Key Contributor Medal Award for her work on RAND's election cybersecurity project, where RAND's team designed a tool to identify vulnerabilities in U.S. election infrastructure. The Department of Homeland Security is currently implementing the tool across the United States. The overarching project received a Medal Honoring Excellence from RAND's Office of the President.
Prior to joining Pardee RAND, Lilly was an associate at the Brookings Institution where she focused on U.S. security strategy, NATO’s policy toward emerging powers, and populism. She also worked at the United Nations Conference on Disarmament in Geneva, Switzerland, where she focused on issues related to the weaponization of space. She is the author of the book Russian Foreign Policy Toward Missile Defense: Actors, Motivations, and Influence, which contains information from talks Lilly conducted with Russia’s deputy defense minister and deputy minister of foreign affairs.
Lilly has master’s degrees in Russian and East European studies from Oxford University (summa cum laude) and in international affairs from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, Switzerland.
Bilyana Lilly and Joe Cheravitch "Russia’s Cyber Limitations in Personnel and Technological Innovations and Their Impact on Future Operations," in , Cyber Threats: Horizon Scanning and Analysis, NATO CCD COE, 2020 (forthcoming)
Bilyana Lilly and Joe Cheravitch "The Past, Present, and Future of Russia’s Cyber Strategy," in T. Jančárková, L. Lindström, M. Signoretti, I. Tolga, G. Visky, 20/20 Vision: The Next Decade, NATO CCD COE, 2020
11th International Conference on Cyber Conflict, Applying Indications & Warning Frameworks to Cyber Incidents, NATO CCD COE Publications, Tallinn, 2019
Bilyana Lilly, Russian Foreign Policy toward Missile Defense: Actors, Motivations, and Influence, Lexington Books, Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group, 2014