RUSI’s Cyber research group takes a global approach to its research, examining UK and international strategic responses to cyber. The team leverages the broader experience of RUSI staff and Associate Fellows and has fostered a growing network of cyber experts from both the public and private sectors and academia.
Our research agenda is structured around the following themes: cyber strategy, cyber resilience, cyber threats and offensive cyber. The team pursues different aspects of these themes, depending upon policy priorities at any given time.
We take what can sometimes be a complex and technical subject and aim to communicate it in plain language, for non-technical audiences. Our programme of work informs and enriches policy approaches to cyber-related challenges by developing a strong evidence base that is available to policymakers and practitioners.
Current research projects examine the implementation of the UK’s 2022 National Cyber Strategy, offensive cyber operations, technology and national security in the context of the Net Zero environmental transition, cyber insurance and ransomware, responsible cyber power, and cyber capacity building.
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View the research programmes and projects by the Cyber research team.
Cyber Strategy Programme
Examining how policy and strategy can tackle the challenges posed by cyber.
Cyber Resilience Programme
Analysing how to mitigate cyber risks through building cyber-resilient societies.
Cyber Operations Programme
Examining the value and impact of interstate cyber operations and exploring different national approaches to cyber strategy, capability and development.
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Climate, Energy and Environmental Security Research Programme
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Director, Cyber Research
Conrad Prince CB
Distinguished Fellow and Senior Cyber Adviser
Research Fellow for Energy Security
Louise Marie Hurel
Dr Gareth Mott
Research Analyst for Cyber, Technology and National Security
Programme Manager, Cyber
Professor Ciaran Martin CB
Distinguished Fellow; Former Chief Executive Officer, National Cyber Security Centre
Sir Rob Wainwright KCMG
Professor Madeline Carr
Senior Associate Fellow; Professor of Global Politics and Cybersecurity, UCL
Dr Tobias Feakin
Senior Associate Fellow
Lieutenant Colonel (Ret'd) Oz Alashe MBE
Associate Fellow; CEO and Founder at CybSafe
Dr Jason R. C. Nurse
Associate Fellow; Associate Professor in Cyber Security, University of Kent
Robert Hannigan CMG
Distinguished Fellow; Former Director of GCHQ
Dr Casey Babb
Associate Fellow; Senior Analyst, Public Safety Canada
Associate Fellow; Deputy Programme Director, Defence and Security, The Alan Turing Institute
Professor Gary Brown
Senior Associate Fellow; Professor of Cyber Law at the College of Information and Cyberspace, National Defense University
Associate Fellow; Global Head, ISTARI
Dr Adrian Nish
Associate Fellow; Head of Cyber Propositions, BAE Systems
Dr Jamie Collier
Associate Fellow; Senior Threat Intelligence Advisor, Mandiant
Dr Max Smeets
Associate Fellow; Senior Researcher, Center for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich, and Director of the European Cyber Conflict Research Initiative
Senior Associate Fellow
Associate Fellow, Founder of NextJenSecurity