Gaute Bjørklund Wangen graduated

Gaute Bjørklund Wangen successfully completed his PhD trial lecture and thesis defense at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology on Wednesday, the 14th of June 2017 and will be awarded the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.

The title of his thesis is “Cyber Security Risk Assessment Practices. Core Unified Risk Framework” and the given topic for his trial lecture was “Security in the Internet of Things: Key Threats and Controls”.

The media reports new incidents caused by poor information security practices on a daily basis. Be it e-mail leakages, vulnerable industrial control systems, breached political parties, or third-parties causing trouble, it is all caused by poor security risk management practices. The complexity in the information and cyber security domain increases on a daily basis, which makes identifying, analyzing, and controlling the relevant risk events a major challenge. Gaining the upper hand and becoming proactive in the security work is a big piece of the puzzle. Wangen’s research addresses several aspects of Cyber and Information Security Risk Assessment (ISRA) and Management (ISRM) Practices and contributes to novel research problems, methods, models, and knowledge within the discipline.

The following committee has been appointed to evaluate his thesis, trial lecture and defense:

  • First external opponent: Professor Sabrina De Capitani Di Vimercati, Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy.
  • Second external opponent: Professor Mathias Ekstedt, Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden.
  • Committee member and administrator: Professor Guttorm Sindre, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, NTNU.

Gaute Bjørklund Wangen carried out his PhD work at the Department of Information Security and Communication Technology, NTNU in Gjøvik. His supervisor was Professor Einar Snekkenes, Department of Information Security and Communication Technology, NTNU in Gjøvik and co-supervisor was Professor Stewart Kowalski, Department of Information Security and Communication Technology, NTNU in Gjøvik.


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