Cyber security

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In cyber space the limits of state sovereignty are increasingly tested and contested by emergent threats to government agencies, services, financial systems, critical infrastructure and democratic processes.

The National Security College’s cyber security research addresses the current and future governance challenges associated with Australia’s digital architecture. Our international and interdisciplinary research program provides an enhanced understanding of the strategic security challenges of cyberspace as a new domain of human activity, in which state and non-state actors interact with each other.

The program creates an integrated conceptual, analytical and computational modelling framework that aims to assist current and future policymakers to explore risks and opportunities arising from the digital revolution and consider the broader impacts of cyberspace on Australia’s national security and interests. It also allows scholars from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences to work together to create and test hypotheses about security in the cyber age.

Our growing hub of experts is exploring forward-looking global research that is geared to Australia’s growing social, political and economic interests in cyber space. We provide an interactive and hands-on environment in which policy makers can road-test new policy ideas in the field of cyber security.

On this theme the NSC’s research addresses multiple topics, including:

  • effective management of critical infrastructure digital security, interdependency and public/private partnerships
  • the governance of cyberspace, treaties and cyber norms: establishing transnational partnerships in tackling common cyber threats
  • understanding the modes of attribution and/or deterrence of cyber threats and anticipating the range of cyber weapons and defences that are likely to emerge
  • how non-state actors leverage cyberspace as a force-multiplier, a vector of attack or exploitation, or a means of political communication.

Principal Investigators

Professor Roger Bradbury is a complex systems scientist with experience in international cyber issues, and is with the National Security College at ANU.

Professor Paul Cornish specialises in information privacy and security law issues, and is a Professorial Fellow in Cyber Security in the NSC’s Strategy and Statecraft in Cyberspace program.

Professor Fred Cate is Vice President for Research, Indiana University; Distinguished Professor and C. Ben Dutton Professor of Law; Senior Fellow, Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research; Director, Center for Law, Ethics, and Applied Research in Health Information.

Dr Jon Lindsay is a political scientist with research interests in the impact of technology on global security at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, Canada..

Professor Terry Bossomaier is a computational scientist with interests in the theory and applications of complex systems and Director of the Centre for Research in Complex Systems at Charles Sturt University.

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