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Managing the Risk of Cyber within the UK

Project Description

Project reference number : GSBS-2019-110

Cyber-attack is now recognised as one of the biggest threats to organisations worldwide. As such many Governments are working with public, private and third sector partners to enhance cyber resilience in organisations. In 2018-19 alone, £3.5m was allocated by Scottish and UK Government to support cyber resilience programme in the UK which suggest that there is an ongoing effort to increase cyber resilience both in the UK and Scotland. However, there is little academic understanding of the nature of cyber resilience in the UK and whether ongoing policy effort is progressing towards the desired aims and objectives. The aim of this proposed PhD research is to understand how the emergence and advancement of cyber space has changed the risk management landscape and how Government and organisations in Scotland and in the UK are responding to cyber threats as a consequence.

1. How is ‘cyber’ understood within the UK policy domain? Who owns the cyber space in the UK and where does responsibility lie?
2. How has the cyber space changed the risk management landscape?
3. What protective steps are taken by organisations in the UK to enhance their resilience to cyber threats? What support are in place for organisations? And what factors helps or hinders business continuity place for cyber resilience?
4. How can organisations in Scotland and UK be better supported to enhance their resilience to cyber threats?

Supervisor Research Profiles
Director of Studies: Dr Josephine Adekola
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2nd Supervisor Dr Claire MacRae
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This project is available as a 3 years full-time PhD study programme with expected start date of 1 October 2019

Candidates are encouraged to contact the research supervisors for the project before applying.

To apply for this project, use the following link to access the online application form, as well as further information on how to apply:

Applicants shortlisted for the PhD project will be contacted for an interview within four weeks from the closing date.

Please send any other enquires regarding your application to:

Funding Notes

Exceptional candidates will be put forward for the scholarship competition. The Scholarship packages available include fully funded studentships and fees only scholarships. The fully funded studentships are worth £19,300 per year for 3 years, subject to satisfactory progress. They cover payment of tuition fees at the UK/EU rate and an annual stipend of £14,800.

For further details on funding see View Website

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