Mr Rory Hopcraft
Profiles

Mr Rory Hopcraft

Industrial Researcher (Cybersecurity/AI)

Faculty of Science and Engineering

I am a Research Fellow within the Maritime Cyber Threats research group at the University of Plymouth. I have a background in geopolitics, with my own research exploring the international governance of maritime cybersecurity. I am currently working on the EU Horizon 2020 CyberMAR Project, helping to develop various cyber-awareness training materials.

Qualifications

Education:

  • PhD (ongoing) in Cybersecurity, Royal Holloway University of London
  • MSc (2016) in Geopolitics and Security, Royal Holloway University of London
  • BSc (2012) in Geography and Global Politics, Canterbury Christ Church University

Previous Positions:

  • July 2019 - Sept 2019 -- Maritime Technology and Regulation Intern, BIMCO, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • June 2019 -- Research Intern, International Maritime Organisation, London, UK

Teaching interests

Interested in teaching all aspects of maritime regulation and cybersecurity, and will be supporting the delivery of cyber-related content to non-technical students.

Teaching in 2020/2021

LAW2220 - Cybercrime: Issues and Regulation (University of Plymouth)

  • Principles of Cybersecurity
  • Cyber Threats
  • Social Engineering and Phishing
  • The Dark Web and Open Source Intelligence

COMP5007 - Cyber-Physical Systems Security

  • Protection, Analysis, Law, Policy

 CyberMAR - EU Horizon 2020 Project (833389)

  • Level 1 - Attacks in Deep
  • Level 1 - Mitigation and Remediation

IY5605 - Cyber Crime (Royal Holloway University of London)

  • Transport Cyber Crime

Research interests

My research primarily focuses on the regulatory aspects of maritime cybersecurity. I am interested in understanding how the international community manage cyber threat, and create governance frameworks that help increase security. My current focus is on the skills and training needed by the digital seafarer. I enjoy adopting and inter-disciplinary approach to my work, and exploring new topics and themes, these include (but not limited to) maritime security, piracy, environmental protection, sustainability and critical infrastructure protection.

Key publications

Key publications are highlighted

Journals
Articles
Hopcraft R & Martin KM 2018 'Effective maritime cybersecurity regulation – the case for a cyber code' Journal of the Indian Ocean Region 14, (3) 354-366 , DOI
Conference Papers
Hopcraft R 2019 'The Importance of Information Sharing in the Creation and Enforcement of Maritime Cybersecurity Regulation' 3rd NATO Maritime Interdiction Operational Training Centre Conference on Cyber Security in Maritime Domain 4-/-0/20194-/-0/2019Open access
Berner G, Hopcraft R, Scanlan J, Lutzhoft M & Earthy J 2018 'A virtual teams model for supporting maritime technology management' Royal Institution of Naval Architects Human Factors Conference 9-/-0/20189-/-0/2018
Other Publications

Hopcraft, R. & Martin, K. (2018b), ‘Why 50,000 Ships Are So Vulnerable to Cyberattacks’,The Conversation. Available at: https://theconversation.com/why-50-000-ships-are-so-vulnerable\\-to-cyberattacks-98041.

Reports & invited lectures

2021

  • Improving Cyber Training: How Seafarers can Learn from Real Cyber Attacks (Digital Ship Webinar)
2020

  • Maritime Cybersecurity Governance (The Know Show Podcast, Online)

2019

  • Cybersecurity Governance: The Case for a Cyber Code (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Haugesund, Norway)
  • Cyber Crime & Transport (Royal Holloway University of London)

2018

  • Securing Maritime Cyberspace through Regulation (International Security Expo, London)
  • A Pirates Bounty - A New Way to Look at Maritime Cyber Security Regulation? (Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Haugesund, Norway)
  • Pirates, Polar Bears, Programs and Portholes (Royal Holloway University of London)