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Centre for Risk Research

Centre's Coordinator Helps to Deliver New Interdisciplinary Course on Cybersecurity

Published: 1 October 2013

In collaboration with academics from across the university, Dr Ian Dawson recently helped to develop and deliver a new course on cybersecurity to a group of Chinese business delegates.

The short course was developed on behalf of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office by the university's Academic Centre of Excellence in Cybersecurity. The course lasted one week, featured five modules and was delivered by academics from computer sciences, criminology, law, and management.

Dr Ian Dawson, who is a Lecturer in Risk Management and the Co-ordinator for the Centre for Risk Research, created and delivered one of the course modules on corporate risk and security management. The module covered topics ranging from strategic security planning and business continuity planning to facilitating and assessing risk management capabilities. Ian said "I am extremely pleased to have been part of this multi-disciplinary team and to have contributed to the dissemination of our cybersecurity knowledge to a group of experienced business professionals".

Professor Vladimiro Sassone, who is the Director of the Academic Centre of Excellence in Cybersecurity and creator of the cybersecurity course said "In recent years, cybersecurity has emerged to be a topic of critical importance to commercial and academic organisations, to governments and their citizens. This workshop in cybersecurity aims to equip the participants with an advanced knowledge of multi-disciplinary cybersecurity principles and to develop the ability to assess and manage both security and risk in a corporate environment." Professor Sassone now plans to make the course more widely accessible in the near future.

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