Patrick Neal

Junior Affiliate (PhD)

Patrick Neal is a doctoral student at Royal Roads University in the Doctor of Social Sciences Program. His research examines public / private partnerships related to cybersecurity and terrorism and organized crime. Specifically, his doctoral research builds on Crystal Hoganson’s (Research Associate, National Security and Public Safety) Conference Board of Canada’s 2014 research finding which noted businesses “what’s in it for them” and “terrorism is the business of the government” perspective. His research utilizes a multidisciplinary model of positioning public/private partnerships as a societal response to the emerging “information
society”. He also has 30 years experience as a justice and public safety professional (Canadian Forces soldier, corporate security professional, intelligence professional, and public policy researcher). This experience has culminated in a deep understanding of safety and security, and enabled him to complete a Master of Arts studying the information seeking behavior of police officers. His doctoral research draws upon that experience to explore how safety and security has evolved within the context of the emerging information society. More specifically, he is exploring how corporate decision makers’ attitudes towards “active defence” as one means for protecting the “information society” from threats such as terrorists and organized crime attacking information assets or critical information assets.

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