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The ECSEPA Policy Crisis Game

How do you make dense research topics intersecting cybersecurity and public policy cool? The answer, the Evaluating Cyber Security Evidence for Policy Advice (ECSEPA) project team believes, is by turning it into a game!

ECSEPA Cybersecurity Policy Game: Invitation to Participate

The Evaluating Cyber Security Evidence for Policy Advice (ECSEPA) project is funded by EPSRC and supported by the Sociotechnical Security Group at NCSC. It is intended to learn more about how the UK Government cybersecurity advisory and policy-making community evaluate evidence in their roles. As part of this, we invite participation in a cyber policy game that tests the participants’ responses to scenarios through a range of escalating crisis scenarios. As part of this participants will be asked to assess a diverse body of evidence in their evaluation of risk, threats and consequences. The overall objective of this research is to understand how such policy-making be better supported.​

The policy game will take place on 21st February 2019 in London and will require one full-day of commitment. We invite anyone recently or currently involved in supporting cybersecurity policymakers in the UK, specifically civil servants who provide short and long-term policy advice, either in response to specific crisis incidents or in the context of longer term planning for national security and capacity building.​

For a formal invitation see: NCSC Weekly Threat Report 23rd November 2018

Please email s.shaikh@coventry.ac.uk to register an expression of interest to participate in the game with a very brief description of your current role.​

Pathfinder Regional Multi-Agency Cyber Exercise

Atif Hussain and Dr. Alex Chung took part in the National Cyber Security Programme Pathfinder Regional Multi-Agency Cyber Exercise in Westminster, London in January 2019. Run by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in association with the Cabinet Office and the National Cyber Security Centre, the winter/spring series of multi-agency exercises is designed to help organisations develop a shared understanding of the implications for Local Resilience Forums when responding to a significant cyber incident. It provides the opportunity for participants to consider how their well-established inter-agency crisis management procedures support cyber response.


  1. Hussain A, Shaikh S, Chung A, Dawda S and Carr M. (2018). ‘An Evidence Quality Assessment Model for Cybersecurity Policymaking‘. Critical Infrastructure Protection XII, IFIP.
  2. Chung A, Dawda S, Hussain A, Shaikh S and Carr M.  (2018). ‘Cybersecurity: Policy’, Encyclopedia of Security and Emergency Management, LR Shapiro and MH Maras eds.  Springer Nature.

National Cyber Security Programme Autumn Showcases 2018

The ECSEPA team presented their work at the NCSP showcases 2018 in various UK cities as part of a series of interactive events organised by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and iNetwork aimed to:

  • Raise awareness about the NCSP, explain the role of key national strategic partners and increase understanding of the importance of Cyber Resilience in localities
  • Provide locality leaders, policy makers and practitioners guidance on developing a cyber-aware culture within their organisations and across their partnerships
  • Offer guidance on where to go for further advice or training, supported by the NCSP Think Cyber Think Resilience Initiative



Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge 2018

The ECSEPA team supported the running of the Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge in London and Geneva. The competition is designed to identify and foster the next generation of policy and strategy leaders for the cyber security challenges of the future.

It provides students across multiple academic disciplines, be they technical or non-technical, a deeper understanding of the strategy challenges associated with cyber security and conflict. Part interactive learning experience and part competitive scenario exercise, it challenges teams to respond to a realistic, evolving cyberattack, analyse the threats and risks and then propose effective mitigating policies and strategies to panels of expert judges.

Image credit Deloitte: https://www2.deloitte.com/ch/en/pages/risk/articles/cyber-crisis-management.html

Image credit GCSP: https://twitter.com/TheGCSP/status/981868493128785920

UKAuthority Public Sector Cyber Forum 2018

Dr. Madeline Carr addressed the UKAuthority Public Sector Cyber Forum 2018 in September on Under the Ecosystem: Cyber Security Policy Challenges.

Paper Presentation at Global Internet Governance – Actors, Regulations, Transactions and Strategies (GIG-ARTS 2018)

Dr. Madeline Carr and Dr. Alex Chung presented a joint-authored paper (with Atif Hussain and Professor Siraj Shaikh) at GIG-ARTS 2018, titled: ‘Cyber Security Capacity Building: Strengthening Policy Advice’.



UK Houses of Parliament, International Relations Committee @ Wednesday 28 February 2018

Dr. Madeline Carr tells the International Relations Committee “the paradox of the information age: the states that have integrated digital technologies into their infrastructures most successfully are most vulnerable to the threats that they present.”

UK Houses of Parliament, International Relations Committee @ Wednesday 28 February 2018

Digital dark age fears stoked by Davos elite do little to address cybersecurity

Prof. Siraj Ahmed Shaikh writes “…the launch of a Global Centre for Cybersecurity (GCC) with a clear mission to prevent a digital dark age. It claims to be the first platform for cybersecurity coordination on a global scale, bringing together governments, business and law enforcement agencies. But for such a noble goal to work, it requires deeper resolve to deliver and a level of national commitment unprecedented over previous efforts. Given the increased global uncertainty, we are yet to have faith.”

Digital dark age fears stoked by Davos elite do little to address cybersecurity