Debi Ashenden

Professor of Cyber Security, University of Portsmouth

Debi is Professor of Cyber Security in the School of Computing. She was previously Head of the Centre for Cyber Security & Information Systems at Cranfield University at the Defence Academy of the UK where she was responsible for the MSc in Cyber Defence & IA (which has provisional certification from GCHQ) and the MSc in Cyberspace Operations. She is the CREST lead for Protective Security & Risk. Debi is also the first National Technical Authority Fellow appointed by CESG.

Debi has had a number of articles on information security published, presented at a range of conferences and has co-authored a book for Butterworth Heinemann, ‘Risk Management for Computer Security: Protecting Your Network & Information Assets’. Her research has been funded by: EPSRC, ESRC, Technology Strategy Board, Home Office, Fujitsu, Police IT Organisation, MoD, DTI, Cabinet Office, Dstl and CESG.

Recent publications

Ashenden, D. & Lawrence, D., (2013, December). ‘Can we sell security like soap?: a new approach to behaviour change’. In Proceedings of the 2013 workshop on New security paradigms workshop (pp. 87-94). ACM.
Ashenden, D. & Sasse, A. (2013). ‘CISOs and Organisational Change: Their Own Worst Enemy?’, Computers & Security, Elsevier
Barnard-Wills, D. & Ashenden, D. (2013) ‘Playing with Privacy: Games for Education and Communication in the Politics of Online Privacy’, Political Studies, doi: 10.1111/1467-9248.12049
Barnard-Wills, D. & Ashenden, D. (2012) Securing Virtual Space: Cyber War, Cyber Terror and Risk’, Space & Culture, Sage, Issue 15(2)
Coopamootoo, P.L. & Ashenden, D. (2011) ‘Designing Usable Online Privacy Mechanisms: What can we learn from real world behaviour?, IFIP Advances in Information & Communication Technology, Springer, Vol 352, 311-324
Coopamootoo, P.L. & Ashenden, D. (2011) ‘A Systematic Evaluation of the Communicability of Online Privacy Mechanisms with Respect to Communication Privacy Management’, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Springer, Vol 6770, 384-393
Barnard-Wills, D. & Ashenden, D. (2010) ‘Public Sector Engagement with Online Identity Management’, Identity in the Information Society, Springer, Vol 3, No 3, 657-674


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