When Practice Meets Scholarship – Week 1 in Den Hague - Cyber Site

When Practice Meets Scholarship - Week 1 in Den Hague

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When Practice Meets Scholarship - Week 1 in Den Hague

As part of ReSolve Cyber’s interest and commitment to contributing to the academic world, our Head of Strategy Dr Danny Steed is attending The Hague Program for Cyber Norms as a Visiting Fellow. Here, his first in a series of blogs, looks at his aims and some of the issues being considered.

As part of ReSolve Cyber’s commitment to contribute beyond just industry itself, we strive to support efforts in the wider cyber community.

For me this means staying in touch with academia as much as possible; usually this means through my visiting lecturer positions around the UK or contributing to think tanks like the Royal United Services Institute. This time, however, the chance came up to do something a little more ambitious abroad.

The Hague Program for Cyber Norms, based at Leiden University, focuses on the development and implementation of cyber norms, asking how they can be applied to support cyber security, stability and peace. The program has an excellent initiative where visiting fellows can take up residence for up to one month to bring their own perspective as well as benefit from the cutting edge of cyber scholarship.

One of the aims of my time here is to help continue building the bridges between those of us who work in cyber security every day with those who research it academically. Doing this helps keeps both communities honest, prevents stovepiping, keeps us on our intellectual toes and ensures rigour on all sides. Quite frankly, the day when the worlds of practice and scholars are separated will be a dark one and efforts like this are the academic equivalent of soft-power diplomacy.

Another key goal is to absorb the latest thinking in cyber security norms at the cutting edge of scholarship. One of the big challenges as a practitioner is to be able to gain big picture perspective, to understand how the world of international politics is impacting and shaping the conditions we encounter on a daily basis. This helps us to conceive and hone actual security solutions that are informed both by the highest level policy deliberations and the latest in academic thinking.

With my second book The Politics and Technology of Cyberspace completed, my time in The Hague also provides plenty of inspiration for my next academic project. It’s extremely early days, but the hope to is to return to the exploration of how cyber security has impacted the business of intelligence over the past 30 years. With this among a series of conference proposals and articles, the aim is to prepare the backbone of my writing for the next two years to come.

While it’s still very early in the fellowship, it has been a busy few days. I have already given a public talk here at Leiden University on the outcomes and findings of my second book, which led to one student immediately asking about measures to tighten their own personal security! I have another talk on Cyber Security Strategy creation arranged for the student cohort here on Thursday 18th April and also an upcoming first blog post for the program on how ineffective individual indictments in cyber may actually be, an area of discussion which came out of a casual lunch time chat!

Well, that about sums up week one here in Den Hague, I’ll be back next week to share some thoughts on the next big ideas in cyber.

Danny’s forthcoming second book, The Politics and Technology of Cyberspace, is available for pre-order with Routledge for release in June 2019.

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