The Offensive Cyber Working Group (OCWG) is an academia-led initiative to bring together experts from across academia to examine the conceptual, policy and practical implications of offensive cyber activity in the current UK landscape. The first event of the OCWG was a scoping workshop held in November 2020 to outline the Group’s key priorities, with community discussions leading towards future research themes and projects. The outputs of the scoping workshop are available here.

Subsequent work is exploring themes identified in the workshop and to coordinate appropriate activity streams. The goal is to generate grounded, informed, timely, and relevant advice for policy and to develop an expert community on offensive cyber activity. This may include inviting participants from government, industry and beyond. The Group will facilitate a space in which a range of expert stakeholders can contribute to this interdisciplinary discussion.

In 2021, we introduced an ad hoc Global Challenges in Offensive Cyber seminar series involving people from different disciplines, in and outside of the UK, to speak on topics of importance to them. If you would like to recommend any topic or individuals who you believe would be beneficial, please contact us.

We also host The Alert platform to encourage debate from across the world, from academia to industry and beyond. If you have an idea for a post or even a special theme or issue, please see information on the dedicated page.

For further information, please contact steering[at]offensivecyber[dot]org or follow us on Twitter @Offensive_Cyber