Project Description

Dr James Boorman
Dr James BoormanInaugural Leading Collaborator

Dr James Boorman

CMM Lead

Inaugural Leading Collaborator

D1 Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy & D5 Standards, Organisations and Technologies CV

Dr James Boorman is the Head of Research and Capacity Building at the Oceania Cyber Security Centre and he is the inaugural leading collaborator between the University of Oxford and the Oceania Cyber Security Centre.

James has worked in research and in practice in academic and public health sectors in the UK and as a Chief Information Officer for research projects for the Australian government. James has worked on large collaborative research projects at University College London and the University of Cambridge.

He leads the OCSC collaboration with the University of Oxford on the CMM and has successfully led and co-authored six CMM reviews in the Oceania region, working with host governments and partners such as the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Asia-Pacific Telecommunity (APT), Asia Pacific Network Information Centre (APNIC) and World Bank.

James is interested in the multi-facet dimensions of the CMM with a primary focus on D1 Cybersecurity Policy and Strategy and D5 Standards, Organisations and Technologies.

Dr James Boorman has studied Information Systems, Pharmacology and Neuroscience in Australia and the UK. Over the last decade James has contributed to bettering cybersecurity with noteworthy mentions:

  • Provided advice to governments on national cyber security policy, strategy and practice;

  • Coordinated and participated in panel discussions on national cyber security policy, strategy and practice in the Oceania region;

  • Coordinated and participated in international capacity building workshops on national cyber security policy, strategy and practice;

  • Contributed to the revision of the CMM for D1 and D5;

  • Developed and delivered cyber security workshops and awareness training;

  • Supervised industry-based cyber security students; and

  • Guest lectured at the University of Melbourne.

The CMM Impact

Using desktop research and in-country focus groups, we engage with users, practitioners and decision makers from:

  • emergency responders;

  • critical infrastructure;

  • education and other civil society groups;

  • criminal justice and law enforcement;

  • private sector and SME’s;

  • legislators and policy owners;

  • government;

  • national cyber policy and strategy teams;

  • CSIRT;

  • Defence; and

  • international partners of the host country.

This multi-stakeholder approach is imperative so that we gain insight into the national cyber environment, enabling us to provide the evidence specific to the national context to inform development or revision of national cyber policy, strategy and practice.

The focus groups themselves often build capacity through participants raising awareness of current plans, practices and challenges with the group and then through networking and discussions in an informal setting during coffee breaks.

An independent evaluation found that the CMM review process and resulting reports have had the following cybersecurity capacity building impacts:

  • They are driving increased cybersecurity awareness and capacity building

  • They are contributing to greater collaboration within government

  • Countries cited the CMM as foundational to their strategy and policy development

  • They have enhanced internal credibility of cybersecurity agenda within governments

  • The have helped define roles and responsibilities within governments

  • They have increased funding for cybersecurity capacity building

  • They help enable networking and collaboration with business and wider society

The CMM has now been deployed in more than 80 countries across the world by the Constellation and partners.

Here at the OCSC we have had the honour of working with a number of countries and our partners in the Oceania region and it is our ambition to work with all countries in the region. We welcome the opportunity to work with Australian and New Zealand governments in the near future.

Dimension 1 Journal Publications

  • Ahmad, A., Webb, J., Desouza, K.C. and Boorman, J., 2019. Strategically-motivated advanced persistent threat: Definition, process, tactics and a disinformation model of counterattack. Computers & Security, 86, pp.402-418.

Select Publications from Past Collaborative Research Projects

  • Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium, 2007. Genome-wide association study of 14,000 cases of seven common diseases and 3,000 shared controls. Nature, 447(7145), p.661.

  • Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium & The Australo-Anglo-American Spondylitis Consortium (TASC), 2007. Association scan of 14,500 nonsynonymous SNPs in four diseases identifies autoimmunity variants. Nature genetics, 39(11), pp.1329-1337.

Dr James Boorman
Dr James BoormanInaugural Leading Collaborator