Cyber security and “principled spying”

UoE Business School Event

Date: Thursday 27th September

Time: 18:30 - 20:00

Venue: Auditorium (ground floor)University of Edinburgh Business School, 29 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, Lothian EH8 9JS, United Kingdom

Sir David Omand, GCB, was previously UK Security and Intelligence Coordinator, Permanent Secretary of the UK Home Office and Director of GCHQ. In a particularly timely new book published Oxford and Princeton University Presses, “Principled Spying: the ethics of secret intelligence”, he goes deep behind today’s headlines – on spies, and on data security – to probe some of the key ethical and technical issues we face today.

Sir David will be joined by a panel after his talk to discuss the issues raised with the audience.

Intelligence agencies provide critical information to national security and foreign policy decision makers, but spying also poses inherent dilemmas for liberty, privacy, human rights, and diplomacy. Principled Spying explores how to strike a balance between necessary intelligence and data-gathering activities and protecting democratic values by developing a new framework of ethics.

This event is being held in conjunction with the Edinburgh Futures Institute, and jointly hosted with the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI) and Chartered Banker Institute (CBI)

Registration and coffee from 18:00. The event will be followed by a networking drinks reception.


👤Sir David Omand, Visiting Professor, King’s College, University of London; also former Director of GCHQ

👤Professor David Aspinall (panellist), Director of the Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research, University of Edinburgh

👤Kevin Murphy (panellist), Cyber Security, Risk, Privacy & Fraud Specialist, Royal Bank of Scotland

👤Other panellists to be announced