The Relationship between Cyber Operations, Signals Intelligence and Electronic Warefare - Security Lancaster Seminar Series

Thursday 31 January 2019, 1:00pm to 2:30pm


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Open to

Alumni, Postgraduates, Staff, Undergraduates


Free to attend - registration required

Registration Info

The Seminar Series is open to all, so please feel free to drop in on the day, join the seminar and meet with Dr Adrian Venables after with tea, coffee and biscuits. For catering purposes, please register your attendance by emailing

Event Details

Join us for our January seminar by Dr Adrian Venables, Commander in the Royal Naval Reserve, independent cyber security consultant and honorary researcher at Lancaster University.

The military’s definition of cyberspace has evolved as technology has developed and new uses have been found to exploit this domain of warfare. Initially regarded as a physical infrastructure connecting mostly static hardware, it now encompasses mobile wireless networks communicating through the Radio Frequency (RF) spectrum.

This emerging dependence on the electromagnetic environment has led to the term CEMA – Cyber and electromagnetic activities being introduced. This has in turn has resulted in the convergence of cyberspace operations with the already mature disciplines of Signals Intelligence and Electronic Warfare. As elements of these three previously independent warfare areas merge, their previously understood effects and roles need to be reassessed to ensure that they can fully exploit and realise their potential in future military operations.

Biography of speaker

Dr Adrian Venables served in the Royal Navy for 24 years as a Communications, Warfare, and Intelligence officer and was responsible for the provision and security of a range of Information Systems worldwide, including the management of specialist teams deployed to operational theatres.

Since leaving the Service, he has published a series of journal articles and research papers on the cyber threat landscape and its use by state and non-state actors for espionage, sabotage, and subversion within the maritime environment. A Certified Information System Security Professional and Certified Information System Manager, he holds seven computing and cyber security based degrees and is a Chartered Information Technology Professional Fellow of the British Computing Society, Chartered Engineer Member of the Institution of Engineering Technology and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute.

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The Seminar Series is open to all, so please feel free to drop-in on the day, or register your interest by contacting Paul Bennett for more details.

Contact Details

Name Paul Bennett

Telephone number

+44 1524 595186