The Steering Group for the Cybersecurity research: a vision for the UK project is given below.

Professor John McCanny FREng FRS, Director of the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology (ECIT), Queen’s University Belfast (Chair)

John McCanny is an international authority on special purpose silicon architectures for Signal and Video Processing and for Cryptography, having made many pioneering contributions in this area. His awards include the IET’s Faraday Medal, an IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers Millennium Medal and the Royal Irish Academy’s Cunningham Medal. He has co-founded two successful high technology companies based the work of his research teams, Amphion Semiconductor Ltd. (acquired by Conexant, later NXP) and Audio Processing Technology Ltd. (acquired by Cambridge Silicon Radio). John was responsible within Queen’s University for developing the vision that led to the creation of the Northern Ireland Science Park now (involving 119 companies employing over 2000 people) and its £37M research flagship, the Institute of Electronics, Communications and Information Technology ( He also led the initiative that created the £30M Centre for Secure Information Technology (CSIT CSIT, now with 80 people, is an EPSRC/TSB funded Innovation and Knowledge Centre based at ECIT.

Professor Ross Anderson FRS FREng, Computer Laboratory, University of Cambridge

Ross Anderson is Professor of Security Engineering at the University of Cambridge. He was a pioneer of peer-to-peer systems, hardware tamper-resistance, copyright marking and API security; he designed with Eli Biham and Lars Knudsen the block cipher Serpent, one of the finalists in the AES competition; he has a long-standing interest in healthcare IT; and he was one of the founders of security economics.

Professor Philip Bond, visiting professor, Departments of Engineering Mathematics and Computer Science, Bristol University 

Philip Bond is a visiting professor in the Departments of Engineering Mathematics and Computer Science at Bristol, and a visiting fellow in the Oxford Industrial and Applied Mathematics Centre. He has worked as an arbitrage trader and macro trader and designs systematic computer-driven trading platforms. He was also a member of the expert group for BIS’s Foresight report on Computer Trading in Financial Markets.

Mr Martin Borrett, Director, IBM Institute for Advanced Security Europe 

Martin Borrett is leads the Institute for Advanced Security and advises at the most senior level in clients on policy, business, technical and architectural issues associated with security. Martin leads IBM's Security Blueprint work and is co-author of the IBM Redbooks "Introducing the IBM Security Framework and IBM Security Blueprint to Realize Business-Driven Security" and "Understanding SOA Security". He is Chairman of the European IBM Security User Group community and Chairman of the IBM UKI Technical Consulting Group. He is a member of the IBM Academy of Technology, a Fellow of the BCS, and a Chartered Engineer (CEng) and member of the IET.

Dr Mike Burrows FRS, Distinguished Engineer, Google Inc

Mike Burrows was one of the designers of the early search engine Altavista. He was also one of the pioneers of the application of formal logic to the verification of security protocols. He has made seminal contributions to many other areas of computer science and engineering ranging from compression through synchronization to performance measurement. He is one of the engineers who led the design of Google's distributed computing infrastructure.

Professor Sadie Creese, Professor of Cybersecurity, Department of Computer Science, Oxford University 

Sadie Creese is Director of Oxford University’s Cyber Security Centre, Director of the Global Centre for Cyber Security Capacity Building a co-Director of the Institute for the Future of Computing at the Oxford Martin School. Her research experience spans time in academia, industry and government. She is engaged in a broad portfolio of cyber security research spanning situational awareness, visual analytics, risk propagation and communication, threat modelling and detection, network defence, dependability and resilience, and formal analysis. She has numerous research collaborations with other disciplines and has been leading inter-disciplinary research projects since 2003. Prior to joining Oxford in October 2011 Creese was Professor and Director of e-Security at the University of Warwick’s International Digital Laboratory. Creese joined Warwick in 2007 from QinetiQ where she most recently served as Director of Strategic Programmes for QinetiQ’s Trusted Information Management Division. Recent publications include papers on topics including insider threat detection, visual analytics for cyber attack, cyber risk propagation prediction, identity attribution across physical and cyber spaces, personal privacy in the face of big data, vulnerability of identities in social networking contexts, and trustworthiness metrics for openly sourced data.

Mr Mark Crosbie, Head of Information Security, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Facebook

Mark Crosbie is responsible for the information security of Facebook user data in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He joined Facebook in October 2012. Previously, he led a small security team at IBM to force a change in how IBM develops secure software for its customers as part of their Secure by Design initiative. He also led a global team of identity experts at HP to develop a new ePassport issuance system, as well as an innovative intrusion detection security system. He holds four patents granted on intrusion detection technology and has multiple patent filed in process with the USPTO. Mark studied Computer Science at Trinity College, Dublin and Purdue University in Indiana.

Professor Angela Sasse, Head, Information Security Research, Department of Computer Science, UCL

Angela Sasse is the Head of Information Security Research at UCL, Director of the Science of Cyber Security Research Institute, and Director of the Academic Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Research. She read psychology in Germany and holds an M.Sc. in Occupational Psychology from Sheffield University, and a PhD in Computer Science (on Users' Models) from the University of Birmingham. She worked as a Human Factors Specialist for Philips Corporate Industrial Design in 1990 and started at UCL as Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science in November 1990.

Mr Alex van Someren, Managing Partner, Seed Funds, Amadeus Capital Partners 

Alex van Someren is Managing Partner of the Seed Funds at Amadeus. He is a director or an observer on the boards of the Seed Fund portfolio companies. Alex has a current investment focus on Big Data, Cloud Computing, Cybersecurity, Healthcare IT, the Internet of Things and Medical Technology. Alex left school to join Acorn Computers in the 1980s where he was extensively involved in the BBC Microcomputer project. He subsequently co-founded ANT Ltd in 1990 to produce networking products, including Web Browser software licensed to the Oracle Corporation. ANT plc was listed on the London AIM market (AIM:ANTP) in 2005 and is now positioned in the embedded software market for IPTV. In 1996 he co-founded nCipher with venture capital backing to develop internet security products using advanced cryptography. The company became a world leader in IT security, counting major banks, finance companies and governments among its customers. He subsequently raised a total of £14 million in venture capital funding before he led the company to a listing on the London Stock Exchange in 2000 (LSE:NCH) at a £350 million valuation. nCipher plc was sold to Thales SA in 2008.

Dr Claire Vishik, Security, privacy standards and policy manager, Intel Corporation UK

Claire Vishik is the security and privacy standards and policy manager at Intel Corporation in the United Kingdom. Claire focuses on hardware security, trusted computing, privacy enhancing technologies, and some aspects of encryption and related policy issues. Claire is a member of the Permanent Stakeholders Group of the European Network and Information Security Agency. She is active in standards development and is on the board of directors of the Trusted Computing Group. She is also on advisory boards of several research projects and initiatives in security and privacy. Prior to joining Intel, Claire worked at Schlumberger Laboratory for Computer Science and AT&T Laboratories. She is the author of many papers and reports, as well as 25 pending and granted U.S. patents. She received her PhD from the University of Texas at Austin.

Cybersecurity research

Final report
due to be launched early 2016

Project details, Steering Group and Call for evidence
announced November 2013

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