NXme congratulates Dr. Bilal Al Sabbagh, NXme’s Head of Talent and Senior Advisor (Cybersecurity) on his Ph.D. promotion day! Through his research projects Bilal has tackled the cybersecurity incident response challenges using a holistic socio-technical approach. The conferment ceremony is Stockholm University’s largest ceremonial occasion and it took place in the Stockholm City Hall on September 27.
The motivation of Bilal’s Ph.D. research is the need to bridge the knowledge and practice gap that exists because of the increasing complexity of cybersecurity threats and humans’ limited capability of applying cybersecurity controls necessary to adequately respond to these threats. Throughout his thesis, Bilal applied knowledge from Systems Theory, Soft Systems Methodology and Socio-Technical Systems to examine and document the socio-technical properties of cybersecurity incident response process. The holistic modeling of cybersecurity incident response process developed concepts and methods tested to improve the socio-technical security controls and minimize the existing gap in security controls.