Our seminar series is free and available for anyone to attend. Unless otherwise stated, seminars take place on Wednesday afternoons at 2pm in the Kilburn Building during teaching season.

If you wish to propose a seminar speaker please contact Antoniu Pop.


Better Decision Making

  • Speaker:   Mr  Nick Edwards  ( Independent)
  • Host:   Daniel Dresner
  • 11th May 2016 at 14:00 in Kilburn L.T. 1.4
What is intelligence?

Why the intelligence input to threat/risk assessment process is so important

We will look at how we use intelligence in everyday situations to evaluate risk and make informed decisions. We can also learn from examples of how Secret and Confidential intelligence has been shared in the past and from "intelligence failures". We will examine whether these experiences can help us in other undertakings e.g. large publicly funded projects, engineering and banking. Using our intelligence more effectively might we be able to make better decisions and thus lead to better outcomes in the future?
Nick Edwards worked in intelligence and security for nearly 50 years. Following service in RAF as a Signals Intelligence (Sigint) operator/analyst he joined GCHQ in 1968. A number of intelligence assignments followed including 3 years in Australia, 3 years as a Civilian Adviser to the Military in Cyprus and as a Senior Duty Officer at Cheltenham. In 1987 he joined Communications Electronics Security Group where he was Head of the "Threat" Section for nearly 4 years. His last post at CESG was as Director UK Industrial TEMPEST Scheme which involved close liaison with the UK Infosec industry. Since leaving CESG in 1996 he has worked for Cogent/Nortel, a dot com company, a US technology company, Hyder Consulting (an infrastructure design company), and as an independent consultant. From 2005 -2008 most of his work involved giving security advice to large Joint Venture projects in the Middle East and advising CNI customers in UK. In the past he has served on the BCS Security Committee, the Information Assurance Advisory Council Management Committee and as Chair of the CMA Fraud and Security Special Interest Group. Nick remains an active member of the IAAC Academic Liaison Panel.)
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