Cybersecurity, Technology & Innovation

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Research, commentary, and events

  • Criminal hiding behind a mask on computer screen asking the owner for money

    Commentary

    The WannaCry Cyber Attack Could Be the First of Many If the NHS Takes No Action

    01 Dec 2017

    In the UK, the National Health Service (NHS) was one of the organizations most severely affected by the WannaCry ransomware. The NHS and other public sector organizations need to improve their cybersecurity processes and quickly before a more severe cyber attack takes place.

  • Blockchain cryptocurrency financial technology concept with binary code

    Commentary

    Blockchain: Should We Believe the Hype?

    30 Nov 2017

    Industry, governments and academics are all speculating on the ways in which blockchain could revolutionize everything from finance to the music industry. Now is the time for policymakers and industry to take note and find out what blockchain could offer.

  • Computer hacker working on laptop late at night in office

    Commentary

    Connect, Buy-Now, Fire: How the Dark Web Allows Criminals to Buy Weapons—Anonymously

    25 Jul 2017

    Despite its small size compared to the offline market, the ability of the dark web to anonymously arm individuals of all backgrounds needs to be taken seriously. Its potential impact on international security is significant.

  • Hands programming code on a laptop

    Project

    Evaluation of the Dutch Defence Cyber Strategy

    01 Feb 2017

    A highly effective defence cyber strategy is vital for national and international organisations in safeguarding and increasing the effectiveness of their defence capabilities and enhancing their own cyber resilience. The Dutch Ministry of Defence has thus asked RAND Europe and VKA to evaluate its strategy.

  • Missing data

    Project

    Accounting for Missing Data in the Second Longitudinal Study of Young People in England

    09 Jan 2017

    The Department for Education commissioned RAND Europe to provide a statistically robust, unbiased, and consistent approach to account for missing Key Stage 2 data in the LSYPE2 cohort. The final report balances the need for practical solutions for analysts with the desire to exhaustively explore options for dealing with the missing data.

  • Server room interior in datacenter

    Project

    Reforming NATO's Cyber Acquisition Process

    26 Oct 2016

    NATO's cyber acquisition process must be adaptive, capable of attracting new entrants and incorporating new technologies. This project aims to define the challenges NATO faces in adjusting its cyber capability development and acquisition processes and make recommendations on how to address them.

  • Moral compass image from RR1505

    Project

    Understanding the Moral Dimension of Conflict

    24 Oct 2016

    Cyber and autonomous capabilities challenge the core principles of morality frameworks in a number of ways. While a prominent question in the public debate is whether morality can be reduced to an algorithm, the body of academic work on the subject is more nuanced

  • Illustration of a digital world

    Commentary

    Where Next for the Digital Society?

    14 Oct 2016

    Digital technologies are omnipresent, both in terms of where we are and what we do. A digital society can bring about economic and societal gain, but there are many challenges that need to be addressed beyond the actual technologies.

  • A doctor looking at an image of a human brain on a tablet

    Commentary

    Who's Funding Mental Health Research Worldwide?

    17 Aug 2016

    The size and diversity of mental health research is significant, but it remains a loosely defined field in which funders tend not to spell out what counts as mental health. An outline of the current state of mental health research funding worldwide helps to address the huge challenges of mental illness.

  • Double decker bus going by Big Ben and Parliament in London, UK

    Commentary

    Looking Out the Window to Transport in 2035

    27 Jun 2016

    The UK's roads, railways, and airports are some of the most congested in the world. Exploring future transport scenarios and the technologies that will drive them can help guide today's policy and investment decisions.

  • Scientists working in a lab

    Project

    The National Institute of Health Research at 10 Years

    18 May 2016

    To mark the NIHR's tenth anniversary, the UK Department of Health commissioned an impact synthesis of how NIHR has benefited the health research landscape.

  • Coins in soil with seedling plants

    Project

    Evaluating Social Innovation Pilot Projects

    22 Apr 2016

    A series of social innovation pilot projects across Europe aim to support the growth of European social finance markets and the development of capacities within social business and young entrepreneurship. RAND Europe and Ecorys evaluated the pilots and hosted a series of interactive workshops to encourage an exchange of experiences.

  • Old greenhouse in the botanical garden in Cambridge UK

    Project

    Measuring Spillovers Between UK Public, Charity and Private Medical Research

    11 Apr 2016

    The King’s Policy Institute, the Office of Health Economics and RAND Europe developed a methodology to estimate how many pounds of pharmaceutical industry R&D is stimulated in the UK by public or charity spending on medical research.

  • Illustration of profile and visible brain with world planisphere

    Project

    Mapping the Global Mental Health Research Funding System

    25 Mar 2016

    To support the coordination of mental health research, RAND Europe mapped the research funding ‘ecosystem’. Researchers explored who the major funders are, what kinds of research they support, and how their strategies relate to one another.

  • Information safety graphic design

    Project

    How Organisations Invest in Cybersecurity

    29 Feb 2016

    The digital dependence in developed countries has led to a situation where security vulnerabilities and security incidents potentially come accompanied by serious consequences. With this in mind, RAND Europe investigated why, where and how organisations in critical infrastructure sectors invest in cybersecurity.