Cyberterrorism: Swansea University leads expert conference, with NATO support

What is cyberterrorism, and how significant a threat is it? Researchers from Swansea University are hosting experts from around the globe at a major NATO-supported conference on the issue, on 11-12 April.

Swansea University is the home of the Cyberterrorism Project, which brings together researchers from different subjects to look at all sides of this issue, including identifying the threat, and improving ways of tackling it.
The conference features leading researchers on terrorism, cyberterrorism and cybersecurity from the UK, Ireland, Sweden, Italy, Romania, Australia, the US, and beyond, as well as politicians, policymakers, police and experts from industry.  

Dr Lee Jarvis, senior lecturer at Swansea University, and one of the leaders of the Cyberterrorism Project, said:

“We’ll be looking at what - if anything - cyberterrorism is, and how it relates to other forms of terrorism, protest and warfare. What size risk does it pose, and what are the major legal, political and technical challenges we face in tackling it.

To answer questions such as these it is vital that we work closely with colleagues from different disciplines and different countries, and that’s why this gathering of international experts is so important.”

Already the Project team have completed a global survey of expert opinion on cyberterrorism, and they are also currently completing the world’s first database of different definitions of this term.  The results of the conference, which will be published by Springer after the event, will add to this growing body of expertise on the subject.