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Louise Axon

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Dr Louise Axon

Research Associate

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Department of Computer Science,
Robert Hooke Building
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I am a Research Fellow in Cybersecurity at the University of Oxford. My research interests include network-security monitoring and intrusion-detection approaches; security and privacy of Blockchain-based systems; systemic cyber risk and cyber-insurance; and cybersecurity capacity building.

I currently work with the university’s Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre (GCSCC) on research in the area of cybersecurity capacity building, and I have worked with colleagues to implement cybersecurity capacity reviews for a number of countries. 

I was previously Researcher Co-Investigator on an Innovate UK-funded CyberASAP accelerator project, in which we developed a security-monitoring POC for Blockchain-based systems, and on the Fly2Plan project, part of the Innovate UK Future Flight Challenge, in which we explored how to test and operationally maintain the security of a Blockchain-based approach to aviation data exchange. I have previously worked on joint projects between Oxford and the World Economic Forum and Lloyd’s Register Foundation exploring the cybersecurity challenges arising with emerging technologies including Artificial Intelligence and Quantum Computing, and environments such as the (Industrial) Internet-of-Things. I have been involved in research in the area of cyber-insurance and cybersecurity risk quantification for organisations, sponsored by AXIS Insurance Company, which included developing models to analyse the factors contributing to systemic cybersecurity risk, and how to mitigate them. My doctoral thesis explored the utility of sonification (the representation of data as sound) for supporting the security-monitoring work of Security Operations Centres.

I supervise cybersecurity-related undergraduate and Masters projects at the university. I have previously lectured the Computers in Society course for undergraduate and Masters students, and taught on the Oxford Cyber Security for Business Leaders Programme at the Saïd Business School. I am a member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Expert Network, and was previously the Council Fellow for the WEF's Global Future Council on Cybersecurity.

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