The discussion covers the cyber security threats that have arisen from the rapid and massive move online since lockdown, contact tracing and the issues associated with its success, as well as the changes in the political atmosphere between China and the West since the pandemic.
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Robert Hannigan (Classics 1983)
Robert Hannigan (Classics 1983), was Director of GCHQ, the UK’s largest intelligence and cyber security agency, from 2014-17. He retired from public service after 20 years in national security roles, including Prime Minister’s Security Adviser, during which he chaired the Government’s ‘COBR’ though many crises, including the 2009 pandemic.
He established the UK National Cyber Security Centre in 2016, and devised the UK’s first cyber strategy in 2009. He was also responsible for the UK’s Offensive Cyber Programme. He was a member of the National Security Council and the Joint Intelligence Committee. Robert worked in Belfast until 2007 and was Tony Blair’s senior civil service adviser on the Northern Ireland peace process.Robert is currently Chairman of BlueVoyant LLC, a global cyber security services company, and a Senior Adviser to McKinsey & Co. He writes on cyber issues in the Financial Times and is a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center, Harvard, and Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the Royal United Services Institute. He was awarded the US Intelligence Distinguished Public Service medal in 2017 and made a CMG by Queen Elizabeth for services to UK national security in 2013.