Dr. Madeline Carr addressed the UKAuthority Public Sector Cyber Forum 2018 in September on Under the Ecosystem: Cyber Security Policy Challenges.
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.
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
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Venue details will be provided to registered attendees.
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
The ECSEPA Team showcased our work at the Joint Research Institutes in Cyber Security Annual Showcase Event held on 17th October 2017 in London.
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.