At the RISCS community meeting in February, I announced that I needed to work part-time for medical reasons for a period of time, and thus would have to step down as Director temporarily. After consultation with the RISCS leadership team and the funders NCSC and EPSRC, we approached my UCL colleague Dr Madeline Carr (PI of the Evaluating Cyber Security Evidence for Policy Advice and Supporting the Board projects), and she kindly agreed to take over as Interim Director.
I recently decided to accept an offer of a chair at Ruhr-Uni Bochum, and move to Germany later this year. I will retain an appointment at UCL to work with Madeline on the Supporting the Board project, and continue to attend community meetings whenever possible – but I cannot continue as Director. The RISCS leadership team asked Madeline Carr to take on the role of Director permanently, after consultation with the funders, and we are happy to report that she has accepted.
Leading RISCS during Phase 1 and half-way through Phase 2 has been an enormous privilege – the community of academics and practitioners and the ongoing dialogue between research and practice that we have built is unique and beneficial. To see the difference that our ongoing collaboration with NCSC staff has made to national security policies has been extremely rewarding, as has been the acknowledgement of the value of multi-disciplinary security research by the NCSC Chief Executive Ciaran Martin and other Senior Staff. I know Madeline will build on these achievements, working closely with the RISCS Deputy Director Lizzie Coles-Kemp, the Chair of the Practitioner Panel Geraint Price, and David Wall, who chairs the recently constituted RISCS Scientific Advisory Board.
Professor Angela Sasse