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The Offensive Cyber Working Group (OCWG) is an academia-led initiative bringing together experts to examine the conceptual, policy and practical implications of offensive cyber activity in the UK context and beyond. The goal is to generate grounded, informed, timely, and relevant advice for policy and to develop an expert community on offensive cyber activity. The OCWG acts as a facilitator – in conversation with government and industry – for a range of experts, opinions, and perspectives to enhance interdisciplinary understanding.

In November 2020, the OCWG organised a workshop scoping the area (available here). This initiated and continued discussions in the community; leading to subsequent support of public and invitation-only initiatives:

  • The Alert: A platform created in June 2021 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
  • Global Challenges in Offensive Cyber: An ad hoc seminar series, by invitation, 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.
  • An Offensive Future: The OCWG is in the process of developing a special issue on the future of offensive cyber to be published by a leading academic journal mid-2022.

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