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address the cyber security challenges of the 21st century


ACE Conference

We’re off to the ACE conference today: looking forward to seeing colleagues from across the country!

CDT Deep Dive with Context

Today the CDT students visited Context to learn about how research and forensics work in a commercial context.  The students found the visit highly useful and we are grateful to Mark and the team for hosting us.

Workshop: Cybersecurity and Internet Governance in perpetual motion

2 June 2017


Tony Hoare Room, Robert Hooke Building, Parks Road.


“Cybersecurity and Internet Governance in perpetual motion”


Cyber Security Oxford, in partnership with ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), is pleased to invite you to a discussion around Cybersecurity and Internet Governance on Friday 2 June.


John Crain, Chief Security, Stability and Resiliency Officer for ICANN, the international body in charge of maintaining the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS) will open the workshop with a short talk covering the latest developments and trends in the world of cybersecurity, and his perspective on the challenges ahead, both on the technical and on the policy sides.


He will be joined by other experts including Emily Taylor, co-chair of the global DNS Security & Stability Review, for a discussion and an exchange with the audience.


Expanding to wider considerations, ICANN’s Vice President Europe Jean-Jacques Sahel will kick off the second part of the workshop with a short talk on the latest evolutions in Internet Governance, from ICANN becoming independent from government oversight to the ongoing efforts to improve governance and accountability which are happening across the Internet ecosystem. He will be joined by the other key participants for a discussion of these issues with the audience.


Participants will be expected to join in actively in the discussion, so we look forward to seeing you!


Please register at


If you have any questions, please contact (academic content) or (logistics).


Cyber Security Oxford Early Careers Researchers symposium

The 2nd Annual Cybersecurity Early Careers Researchers Symposium took place on 30 September 2016 at the Oxford e-Research Centre.

This event was organised by Cyber Security Oxford as an opportunity for Oxford students, RAs and Postdocs to showcase their work and make new connections: this year the event was expanded to include guests visiting from the University of Johannesburg and Columbia University. Submissions were encouraged from across the University and the range of talks spanned human-computer interaction, machine learning, authentication, security analytics, international relations, insurance, maths, law, medical research, sociology, and the University’s own IT systems.  The keynote speaker was Professor Basie von Solms, Director of the Centre for Cyber Security at the University of Johannesburg, who started with a barnstorming talk on research ethics.  Prizes were awarded to Grace Leung (Johannesburg: “Protecting Cybersecurity Machine Learning”), Laurie Pycroft (Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences: “Brainjacking: Risks of Neurological Implants”), and Mike Davies (Computer Science: “Are we managing the risk of sharing Cyber Situational Awareness? A UK public sector case study”).


The programme and book of abstracts is available here; the book of abstracts from the 2015 event is available here.


Early Careers Researchers Symposium

The 2nd Annual Oxford University Cybersecurity Early Careers Researchers Symposium, organised by the Department of Computer Science, will take place on Friday 30 September 2016 at the Oxford e-Research Centre.

This event is conducted through Cyber Security Oxford and offers a perfect opportunity for University of Oxford students, RAs and Postdocs to showcase their work. Submissions are encouraged from a wide range of disciplines, including computer science, human-computer interaction, social science, psychology, law, geography, politics, mathematics, and virtually any other field imaginable. This relaxed and multidisciplinary event offers a perfect setting for meeting colleagues from other departments. An exciting keynote speaker has been booked, and a number of great prizes will be on offer during the day.

Streams will be split in four ways, giving everyone the chance to present ideas, regardless of their completeness. Participants can present 15-minute full presentations, 5-minute lightning talks, academic posters or live demos.

Submissions should take the form of simple 200-word micro-abstracts, uploaded to EasyChair by Friday 9th September.

Registration for the event closes on Monday 19th September, with no registration fee.

Capturing flags

We fielded a team for the ascii overflow Capture-the-flag competition this weekend (13 May): see their twitter account for a blow-by-blow description of the competition.  Oxford’s team came 19th of 435 teams.  Well done!

Involved in the competition:

Cyber CDT students Ilias Giechaskiel, Alastair Janse van Rensburg, Rodrigo Carvalho, Richard Baker, Andrew Dwyer, Adam Zibak and Louise Axon.

Computer Science doctoral student David Korczynski

And the Best Newcomer award goes to Comp Sci undergraduate Emma Espinosa!

Ethical guidelines for research on networked systems

Many types of interesting research are being done on networked systems, but research ethics in this area can get complicated: how do you learn from data generated by humans without violating their privacy or compromising the value of the data – especially in projects where humans are not the direct subjects of the research but can accidentally be impacted?

New guidelines by Bendert Zevenbergen aim to underpin a meaningful cross-disciplinary conversation between gatekeepers of ethics standards and researchers about the ethical and social impact of technical Internet research projects – helping people think through their work, rather than being a mere box-ticking exercise.  Read all about it here:

Training: the Modern Information Society

The Cyber Studies Programme is holding its third training session on the Modern Information Society on April 22-24, 2016, at Tallinn University of Technology in Estonia. The theme of the three-day course will be: “The State and Citizens in the Cyber Age: Security, Diplomacy, and Public Policy”. While specifically designed for university students working in non-technical fields such as the political and social sciences, the course will also engage with a wider audience from both industry and government.  See for details.

​Dr Lucas Kello, Senior Lecturer in International Relations and Programme Director, serves as faculty chair of the training sessions. The Oxford teaching staff also includes Dr Ivan Martinovic from the Department of Computer Science and Jamie Collier, a DPhil candidate in Cyber Security.

See Ivan’s new Working Paper for the Cyber Studies Programme here.  Jamie has also been live-tweeting the event @jscollierCSR, #OxfordCyberAge.