Lilly Muller

Thesis title:

How is cyber-security made? The Politics of Threat Construction (a CASE project with Norton Rose Fulbright LLP)

Abstract:

Cybersecurity is a rapidly growing field of study. However, there is little
interdisciplinary work conducted that combines technical research with social science. This project aims to bridge the gap between research on the materiality of cyberspace, the technical experts and analyses of incident and response. To recognize, prepare and respond to multi-dimensional cyber threat landscape, the risk of cyber-attacks needs to be discerned and evaluated.
The project will conduct quantitative statistical analyses of incidents and responses (legal, regulatory, business and law) to assess the nature of the cyber risk at large, combined with qualitative analyses of how risk and resilience is understood within the communities that responds to such risk. This is primarily done through (intra)ethnographic work in a Norton Fulbright Rose, and their technical partners, drawing on participant observation of their day to day practices. The thesis aims to engages with the technical experts that socialise malware, with the aim to challenge how cyber(in)security is created and practised. Moving away from traditional imaginaries that see cybersecurity as something to define, or as a threat, the project aims to understand how knowledge about it is created, and how this effects how security there for is constructed.

First supervisor:

Tim Stevens

CASE partner:

Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Pathway:

12 – Strategic, Regional, & Security Studies

Cohort:

2018-19