Cyber counterintelligence: Some contours towards the academic research agenda

Petrus Duvenage, Victor Jaquire, Sebastian von Solms

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In little more than a decade, Cyber Counterintelligence (CCI) has evolved from a near obscure academic research topic to a distinctive, interdisciplinary field of enquiry. Although in various respects still in its academic infancy, CCI now boasts a significant corpus of academic literature. At this juncture, CCI’s progression as an academic sub-discipline can benefit from selectively taking stock of what has been done, reflecting on research challenges being experienced and prioritising some areas for future research. This paper advances such a high-level proposition on the CCI research agenda. This proposition consists of four parts. Firstly, we explain and qualify our approach to addressing the paper's theme. Since a CCI literature review has been undertaken in three recently published research works (Duvenage, Jaquire & von Solms 2018 a-b, Duvenage 2019), we categorically qualify our approach as not attempting a conventional literature review. Secondly, the paper examines CCI's research context and outline research challenges. Thirdly, the paper selectively 'contours' existing research. These 'contours' comprise some salient topics addressed in surveyed CCI literature. This assessment thus moves beyond a conventional literature review and instead follows a broad-brush approach that highlights some main areas of CCI research thus far conducted. Fourthly, the paper proposes some 'contours' for the CCI research agenda going forward. These 'contours' are presented as general proposals on priority areas for further research. It is hoped that these proposals will aid the focusing of academic CCI research conducted outside the realm of state security structures. The paper concludes with a summary of findings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 19th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security, ECCWS 2020
EditorsThaddeus Eze, Lee Speakman, Cyril Onwubiko
PublisherCurran Associates Inc.
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9781912764617
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event19th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security, ECCWS 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 25 Jun 202026 Jun 2020

Publication series

NameEuropean Conference on Information Warfare and Security, ECCWS
ISSN (Print)2048-8602
ISSN (Electronic)2048-8610


Conference19th European Conference on Cyber Warfare and Security, ECCWS 2020
CityVirtual, Online


  • Cyber counterintelligence
  • Cyber security
  • Offensive cybersecurity
  • Risk management
  • Threat intelligence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Information Systems and Management
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality


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