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Wing Commander Dan Lydiate

Wing Commander Dan Lydiate BA(Hons) MA MA MSc MSc CISM CITP CEng FBCS RAF

Dan Lydiate is a Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl) funded part-time PhD researcher examining air powers’ cyber risk.

A Royal Air Force Provost and Security Officer currently serving as the air power and risk management specialist in Ministry of Defence Strategy Unit, his research interests are 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 security policy within both UK and multinational headquarters. 

Alongside his professional development, Dan has 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 with the University of Leicester, an MA in Applied Security Strategy with the University of Exeter, an MSc in Cyber Defence with Cranfield University and an MA in Defence Studies with King’s College London. These are supported by a range of professional qualifications including being a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Chartered IT Professional (CITP) and Fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS).

Project Summary

A multidisciplinary project entitled Air Powers’ Cyber Risk, the research explores whether the three proposed causes of air powers’ cyber-risk (state reliance on air power, cyber-vulnerabilities and cyber-threats) represent a relative or absolute risk to states in the contemporary operating environment.

Wider Research Interests

-    Strategy.

-    International Relations.

-    Cyber-Security.

-    Cyber-Risk.

-    Information Assurance (IA).

-    Defensive Cyber Operations (DCO).

-    Offensive Cyber Operations (OCO).