Research Themes

Australian Cyber Strategy, Law and Policy

ACCS, including its associated researchers across UNSW, provides a hub for Australia-focused research in the areas of national security strategies, the information society, law and regulation, and policy responses.

Some 20 researchers, focused largely in the School of Law in Kensington campus and in two schools on the Canberra campus (Engineering/IT and Humanities/Social Sciences), bring cross-disciplinary and comparative skills to bear on political, legal and regulatory aspects of Australian security in cyber space including:

  • ethics
  • national strategies for cyber war and cyber peace
  • causes and prevention of cyber crime
  • policing and investigation for cyber security...
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Technologies of Cyber Security, Information Assurance and Situational Awareness

Our work in in this area looks at the body of technologies, processes and practices designed to protect networks, computers, programs and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access. It also looks at challenges of information assurance.

This research area includes predominatly technical issues, although some of these have a human-centric focus. Elements of our work include  include:

  • Mapping cyber interdependencies
  • resilience standards
  • Application security
  • Information security
  • Network security
  • Disaster recovery/business continuity planning
  • End-user education
  • Information assurance in big data
  • technologies of decision-making under pervasive...
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People, Practice and Education

This emerging focus of our research work builds on existing strengths to address the people management issues and the human dimensions of security in cyber space.

Topics include:

  • ethics
  • children's e-safety
  • education strategies for a cyber work force
  • needs analysis
  • inovation strategies
  • defence personnel issues
  • workforce evaluations
  • worker professionalism.

World Politics, Security and International Law in Cyber Space

Complementing our research focus on Australian Strategy, Law and Policy, ACCS also has a strong research focus on international politics, international relations, diplomacy and international law as they affect the security in cyber space of states, corporations, individual citizens and civil society.

This research, involving at least ten of our 53 researchers, has both theoretical and applied aspects.

On the theoretical side, our work includes examination of current debates within the fields of Politics and International Relations (from both philosophical and social scientific perspectives) surrounding ideas of secuirty in cyber space. We include a range of perspectives, including Critical Security Studies, International Ethics/ International Political Theory...

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Research Group on Cyber War and Peace

National security aspects of civil and military applications of cyber space -- at strategic, operational and tactical levels.

Researchers at UNSW have set up Australia's first research group on cyber war and peace to leverage existing capabilities in Australia and beyond to promote advanced study of key issues. The group is open to researchers based in universities, think tanks, the armed forces, relevant government agencies and professional organisations.UNSW has the most extensive and innovative program for national secuirty-related reserach and education on cyber space issues.

With the announcement on 30...

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