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Courteney J. O’Connor

PhD student

MIntSt, BA (Hons), BA (University of Otago); MIntlSy, PGCertArts (Massey University)

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Courteney O’Connor commenced her PhD studies with the National Security College in March 2016. After undergraduate studies in French, Spanish and politics, Courteney completed a Masters of International Studies at the University of Otago before pursuing a Master of International Security, specialising in Intelligence, with Massey University.

Research interests

Courteney’s research focuses on the effect of securitization and cyber counterintelligence policies and practices. Her research interests also include: intelligence studies generally; the role of the media in the construction of security threats; the security implications of emerging technologies; and the weaponization of surveillance platforms

Thesis topic

Courteney’s PhD dissertation examines the effect of the securitization of cyberspace on the development of the cyber counterintelligence discipline and associated policies and practices. The overall goal of the project is two-fold: to discover whether cyberspace has been successfully securitized, and if so, how; and whether that securitization process has affected the development of the field of cyber counterintelligence.


"Cyber counterintelligence: Concept, actors, and implications for security.” In A. Colarik, J. Jang-Jaccard, & A. Mathrani (Eds.), Cyber Security and Policy: A Substantive Dialogue (pp. 109-128). Palmerston North: Massey University Press

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