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Cyber security research at RUSI aims to understand and explore cyber-crime and attacks at both national and international levels, anticipate the implications for UK defence and security, and assess overlaps with organised crime, terrorism and resilience.

RUSI has recently launched a programme of research and events dedicated to global cyber security challenges. We work with selected partners to produce cutting-edge research into cyber security. RUSI is a global hub for the exchange of strategic ideas within the cyber community.

RUSI’s cyber security research agenda focuses on five thematic areas: the cyber threat landscape; improving defence and resilience; the role of legislation and regulation; online education, awareness and behaviour; and the UK cyber ecosystem

Whilst the digital age provides many opportunities, it is also widely recognised that this brings risk. As societies are ever more dependent on internet-connected technologies, they become more vulnerable to those who are ready to exploit networks and data for financial gain or political motives. There are clearly many opportunities to strengthen cyber security, by enhancing the education and awareness of users, improving risk management strategies, developing a better understanding of the threat landscape, and exploring the benefits of emerging technology. Our research will focus on these challenges at both national and organisational level.

We recognise that these strategic cyber security challenges are cross-cutting issues. The RUSI cyber security programme collaborates closely with RUSI’s other core research teams, including the Centre for Financial Crime and Security Studies (CFCS), the International Security Studies team, Military Sciences, and Proliferation and Nuclear Policy.

RUSI’s cyber security programme builds on RUSI’s reputation for independent, objective analysis, methodological rigour, timeliness, policy relevance and influence.


James Sullivan
Research Fellow
Alexander Babuta
Research Fellow, National Security
Sneha Dawda
Research Analyst
Conrad Prince CB
Distinguished Fellow and Senior Cyber Adviser