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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

ECSEPA Mapping Validation Workshop: Update

The ECSEPA team recently held a Mapping Validation Workshop at The Wesley Hotel in Euston, London. The event brought together policymakers working in cyber security across HMG to discuss how best to represent our ‘Map of the UK Cyber Security Governance Landscape.’ Participants included those working at the forefront of the UK’s cyber security policy issues from Cabinet Office, FCO, DCLG, HMRC, DCMS and many more.

At the workshop we presented our key findings, discussed map functionality and posed map usability questions to the audience who provided insight into the challenges HMG face in cyber security governance. The majority of the time was spent on roundtable discussions critiquing and refining the maps’ accuracy, utility and design. Using an A0 map in print, policymakers were able to draw directly onto the maps whilst discussing with each other how their respective departments interact with one another on cyber security policy.

Representatives from academia were also present at the workshop, which included EPSRC Senior Portfolio Manager Dr Miriam Dowle, as well as two researchers from UCL’s Department of Geography: Dr Artemis Skarlatidou who works in Human Computer Interaction and User Experience, and PhD candidate Alex Papadopoulos who specialises in Human Computer Interaction and Spatial Data. Through their input and conversation with policymakers, we developed a comprehensive list of findings to be incorporated into the map as it progresses onto its next stage: graphic design.

ECSEPA: Mapping Validation Workshop

As part of the Evaluating Cyber Security Evidence for Policy Advice (ECSEPA) project, we have been undertaking a mapping exercise of cyber security policy making in HMG. Many of you have generously participated in interviews with our research team, providing valuable insight into how this issue is structured across portfolios. We’ve combined this with extensive desk-based research to develop a ‘map’ which is ready for further input from the policy community.

We’d like to invite you to participate in a validation workshop through which we will seek clarification on any errors in the map, any missing elements, and also feedback on how best we can graphically represent the research so as to be of maximum use to the UK policy community. If you have colleagues who would be interested, please feel free to pass this invitation along to them.

Thursday 8 February 2018
15:00 – 17:00

Rsvp to s.dawda@ucl.ac.uk to help us plan for the event.

Venue details will be provided to registered attendees.

Project Team

Dr Madeline Carr, (PI) Associate Professor of International Relations and Cyber Security, UCL STEaPP
Professor Siraj Shaikh, (Co-I) Systems Security, Coventry University
Ms Sneha Dawda, Research Assistant, UCL STEaPP
Dr Alex Chung, Research Associate, UCL STEaPP
Mr Atif Hussain, Research Assistant, Coventry University

Cyber Security Annual Showcase Event

The ECSEPA Team showcased our work at the Joint Research Institutes in Cyber Security Annual Showcase Event held on 17th October 2017 in London.


ECSEPA Mapping Exercise

The Mapping Exercise is an extension of the EPSRC funded project, ‘Evaluating Cyber Security Evidence for Policy Advice’ (ECSEPA). It is a five-month project funded through the Research Institute in the Science of Cyber Security (RISCS).

The project seeks to map out the complex, rapidly developing UK cybersecurity policy landscape in order to understand, from an organisational angle, how to optimise effectiveness in governance and efficiency in service delivery. This involves developing clarity about how cyber security is organised within HMG – for example, where cyber security policy is being developed and implemented, how different issue bases interact and coincide, where there is duplication, and where there are gaps.

RISCS Phase 2

ECSEPA – The Other Human Dimension is part of RISCS (Research Institute in Scheme of Cyber Security) Phase 2 that was launched in August 2016.

Atif Hussain

Research Assistant
Faculty Research Centre in Mobility and Transport
Coventry University

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