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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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How to apply

The project is available as a 3 years full-time or 6 years part-time PhD study programme with an expected start date of the 1st October 2020.

Candidates are encouraged to contact the research supervisor 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:

Please send any other enquiries regarding your application to

Funding Notes

Applicants are expected to find external funding sources to cover the tuition fees and living expenses. Alumni and International students new to GCU who are self-funding are eligible for fee discounts. See more of fees and funding. View Website

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