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Squadron Leader Dan Lydiate

Dan Lydiate is a Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) funded PhD researcher examining holistic Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO) for British air power. Multidisciplinary in nature, his research considers whether the delivery of DCO across all areas of operation has allowed manageable cyber vulnerabilities to occur which could place the future strategic relevance of air power at risk.

A serving Royal Air Force Provost and Security Officer, this research interest is underpinned by extensive professional experience. This includes the delivery of air minded security and force protection in demanding operational environments and the development and implementation of policy within both UK and multinational headquarters.

Dan has alongside this maintained a longstanding academic interest in strategy and security. Initially reading a BA (Hons) in Politics at the University of Exeter, he has subsequently completed an MSc in Risk Management at the University of Leicester, an MA in Applied Security Strategy at the University of Exeter and an MSc in Cyber Defence at Cranfield University. These are also supported by a range of relevant professional qualifications including being a Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM).

Project Summary

How can UK Defence assure the strategic relevance of British air power through the delivery of holistic DCO?

Wider Research Interests

 -       Cyber Security.

-       Information Assurance.

-       Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO).

-       Offensive Cyber Operations (OCO).

-       Strategy.

-       Security.