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Mr Laurin Weissinger
Job Title : Student
College Group : Sociology
University Department : Sociology
Research Interests : IT-Security
Nuffield College
New Road
Oxford, OX1 1NF
United Kingdom


Biographical Sketch

My research is concerned with multi-domain information and IT-Security. In this area, the interdependence of computer systems themselves but also different firms, institutions, and individuals is inevitable, yet risky. My research involves the analysis of security risks and actual incursions from both the technological and the social angle, studying how security breaches happen, how attacks are executed, and finally how to best defend complex infrastructures against different offensive strategies and adversaries.

My work-experience in IT helps me to explain security matters and mechanisms multidimensionally, and allows me to propose workable policies. My primary data are concerned with cooperation, interdependence, trust, and regulation: Over 140 expert interviews give me deeper insights into trust-building processes, organisational arrangements, security strategies, and regulative concerns, along with elucidating real-world risks and security problems. I also use these qualitative data to situate my quantitative network analyses of cooperation, interdependence, and risk traversal in actual security setups. My network analysis is based on primary quantitative data, containing over 70000 data points, collected over the last two years from an advanced security team.

During my doctorate, I have developed a strong interest in security policy, regulation, strategy, and governance. Most breaches and successful attacks, both those resulting from
advanced persistent threats and from less sophisticated profit driven computer crime, involve exploits of socio-political and IT security weaknesses in unison.

Thus, my main focus in governance matters are empirically informed, strategic and regulative measures that cut across different dimensions in large technological, organisational, or (inter)-national arrangements. In the past, I worked on online deliberation, e-democracy, and internet regulation; domains that are becoming more important in the IT-Security discourse amid political hacking and information or hybrid warfare. 

I am not only interested in the social side of things but rather a holistic picture of Infosec. I am always looking for data and case-studies to include (this can range from an interview, to network studies) and I welcome emails from interested researchers or professionals.

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