Amy Ertan


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Amy Ertan is an Information Security doctoral candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London, where she is researching the security implications of artificial intelligence in warfare. Her PhD research primarily military innovation in defence and the military contexts, with an interest in understanding the drivers for emerging technology innovation. Her additional research interests include national security and cyber defence (including offensive cyber operations and national/NATO strategies), effective cyber exercise design, and human aspects of cyber security (behavioural change and organisational policy). She has collaborated on several projects and publications on these themes for the UK government, academic research projects, and for various private sector programmes. 

Amy is also a NATO CCDCOE visiting researcher and non-resident Cybersecurity Fellow at the Belfer Center at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government, and the Co-Lead for the UK-focused Offensive Cyber Working Group. Amy holds a BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from St Hugh’s College, University of Oxford. She holds CREST Registered Threat Intelligence Analyst and Certified Information Systems Security Professional certifications and has previously worked in strategic cyber intelligence. 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Philosophy, Politics and Economics, BA Hons 2.1

Award Date: 9 Sept 2014

External positions

Visiting Scholar, NATO CCDCOE

16 Aug 20201 Jul 2021

Predoctoral Cybersecurity Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

1 Jul 20201 Jul 2022

Data Protection Fellow, Institute for Technology and Society of Rio de Janeiro (ITS Rio)

1 Jul 20191 Jul 2020


  • Artificial intelligence
  • Cyber Security
  • Intelligent & expert systems
  • Military Technology
  • Research and Development
  • Human-computer interaction
  • War & peace studies
  • Arms Proliferation
  • International relations
  • Cyber Strategy
  • Economic geography
  • Security policy

Collaborations and top research areas from the last five years

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