ISRS in the Media

11 March 2016

As part of the Government's productivity plan, the Chancellor of the Exchequer called for an Independent Review of UK Economic Statistics. This review was partly as a result of the emergence of the digital economy and the difficulty in having the correct measurements to value output and productivity. The review has been published today.

As part of its review there was a call for evidence and ISRS together with Volterra Partners put forward a submission. Key points offered in the joint submission include:

  • Traditional ways of measuring productivity are no longer suitable for the cyber economy.
  • A focus on income measures, knowledge and capacities, trade and innovation would be more useful. The lack of productive knowledge is a major deficiency of the current system of national accounts.
  • Priorities relate to:

    • better trade data, especially within the country
    • more focussed business income and spending data
    • evaluating combinations of capabilities and knowledge based capital formation

ISRS and Volterra Partners recommend that a new unit will need to be established to bring together statisticians, network analysts and other skillsets to consider both how to measure new concepts and work out new methods of measurement.

Submission response from ISRS and Volterra Partners detailed.

8 July 2015

A response to the joint letter from UCL and Oxford University in the FT (29 June 2015).

Ammonia not quite 'bread from air' - but there are ways round the problem.

1 July 2015

FT's Alphaville blogging team hosted Camp Alphaville at the Artillery Garden at the HAC. For the second year running, Jamie MacIntosh was invited to speak. This time he was on the panel: When Markets Become Self-Aware - The Rise of AI. Its discussion centred on the rise of super Artificial Intelligence and how it may come to impact investors and the global economy over the coming years. One of the key comments he made was "[Artificial intelligence] can and is oversold, over packaged, over expensive and doesn't do the job."

Scroll down to the time 1.59 on the FT blog for further details.

29 June 2015

23 June 2015 Martin Wolf of the FT suggested that the best way of responding to the challenge of climate change was through accelerated innovation. In a joint letter to the FT, Bill David (University of Oxford), JP MacIntosh and David Price (University College London) propose the use of ammonia as a genuine contender for carbon-free energy that can compete with fossils fuels.

FT Letter and FT Alphaville Putting the 'New Deal' into climate R&D  makes reference to the letter in the context of productivity and the innovation economy.

1 October 2014

ISRS Chair, Rt. Lord Reid addressed a forum of insurance professionals (24 September 2014) and spoke about the challenging nature of cyber for the insurance industry.

The internet's presence in organisations makes every employee a "strategic corporal". Cyber empowers individuals downwards and throughout organisations - for good and bad.

Resilience in the cyber world for any of the people that you insure has to be, about more than bouncing back to the 'status-quo ante'. People have to learn through the flux of events and bounce forward, not just back. That is not just a matter of technology, but about the human competencies of individuals in their organisations. They need to learn from the experience they've had, anticipate how they will change as a result and move forward.

Ex-minister calls for cyber partnership The Insurance Insider

9 December 2013

ISRS Chair Rt. Hon Lord Reid, has written an article in a recent discussion paper in "Security and Defence Agenda" on the future of Europe's common security and defence policy. The paper aims to set the agenda of the European Council (summit) in December and give stakeholders an opportunity to discuss concrete ideas on European defence.

In the article entitled “What we need from this summit is a grand strategy embracing all aspects of security,” Lord Reid argues that in learning from recent failures a comprehensive approach becomes more not less vital. The military remain an indispensable part of that approach but politics, economics and social morale are all vital too. Otherwise the future of European security is made more daunting. He summarises his argument by saying that what is needed are grand strategies that work because they are fit for our complex and networked world and can meet the challenges ahead. Ultimately, the EU can yet play an important role in making grand strategies happen.

Please find here a full outline of the article.

17 January 2013

ISRS Chair Lord Reid in City A.M explains why David Cameron's Europe Speech is a chance for the EU to boldly embrace the US.

"Cameron should keep his sights firmly set on demanding that the EU refocuses on achieving trade deals with the US and the Asia-Pacific region, which would encourage desperately-needed growth."

10 January 2013

Evidence provided by the Institute for Security and Resilience Studies to the Defence Committee on the issues of Cyber Security have been published today in its key report.

The key points offered by ISRS in the submission include:

  • The UK’s Cyber Security Challenge makes clear that we have skills gaps and are failing to fill these through formal secondary or tertiary education. Rather than treating symptoms—however profitable—it is vital that continuous learning is enabled through R&D on broad and deep fronts to shape rather than just react to the evolving environment. Although MoD is among the very few bodies to have addressed such a challenge before, it is not clear they can take a similar lead in cyberspace.
  • Following the 2011 UK Cyber Security Strategy there is work to be done to bring coherence to practical cyber-security arrangements across government (eg clarity about Lead Government Department responsibilities in a variety of cyber circumstances), which development of doctrine could deliver.
  • Threat analysis is a necessary but insufficient approach to assessing the risks and uncertainties of cyberspace for MoD and the Armed Forces or any other body.

29 November 2011

ISRS Chair, Rt Hon Lord Reid of Cardowan's speech to the London Conference on Cyberspace is analysed in SC Magazine.

1 November 2011

In advance of the FCO's London Conference on Cyber Space, ISRS Chair, Rt Hon Lord Reid of Cardowan, gave an interview on CNBC, highlighting the cyber crime threat to business.

1 July 2011

On 29 June, ISRS launched Cyber Doctrine.

ISRS Chair, Rt Hon Lord Reid of Cardowan, interviewed by Alex Krotoski on the Guardian Tech Weekly Podcast, explaining why cyberspace requires new thinking on policy, politics, law and security.

Press and internet coverage included:

23 June Our salt risks draining into cyberspace Financial Times

26 June Lord Reid appeals to web hackers Sunday Express

26 June How safe are Britain's cyber borders? Sunday Telegraph

27 June We need new recruits in war against cyber attacks The Herald

27 June UK needs 'Cyber Doctrine' The Herald

29 June Reid calls on government to recruit hackers ZDNet UK

30 June Hackers 'should fight cyber spies' Daily Telegraph

30 June Reid calls for cyber crime task force Scotsman

30 June Government should use former hackers to boost cyber defences V3.co.uk

30 June Competitiveness is Key to Resilience Police-Led Intelligence

Cyber Doctrine was also referenced by the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, in his 29 June speech on mathematics and civilisation.

8 June 2011

ISRS Chair, Rt Hon Lord Reid of Cardowan, was interviewed on the BBC World Service's Newshour about cybersecurity and resilience, and the launch of Cyber Doctrine.

John's interview begins at 37.40

A full transcript is available on the Resiliblog.

3 June 2011

ISRS Chair, Rt Hon Lord Reid of Cardowan, wrote for The Guardian on 3 June on the risks and opportunities in cybersecurity and resilience:

“The cyber world, including the internet, brings huge benefits and opportunities. It can cut resource waste, open new business markets, expand learning and understanding, strengthen citizen politics, and bring many other social, educational and information advantages. All of which could sow a wide and deep resilience – which is as much about creativity and innovation spurring social and economic growth as it is about research to defend our way of life.”

26 August 2010

ISRS Chair Lord Reid was interviewed by Michael Holden of Reuters in an article analysing the deficit reduction cuts and their impact on national security

26 November 2009

ISRS Chair Lord Reid op-ed in the New York Times on the first anniversary of the Mumbai attacks.

6 November 2009

ISRS Chair Lord Reid contributes to Reuters' Great Debate blog with a piece on "Getting to grips with the post-Cold War security threat.

11 September 2009

ISRS Chair Lord Reid op-ed in the New York Times on the first anniversary of the collapse of Lehman Brothers.

9 September 2009

ISRS Chair Lord Reid op-ed in The Independent on the constant evolution of the terrorist threat.

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