RTC dinner on Computing and the Secret Service (25 September 2007)

The Impact of Computing in the Past and the Future on the Security Community

James Bond may have had all the bad women but “Q” collected all the good stories. Modern computing and communications both have their origins in Intelligence (Alan Turing, Tommy Flowers and their colleagues at Bletchley Park and Dollis Hill). Modern Intelligence often has its origins in Computing.

Sir Richard Dearlove

Sir Richard has been the Master of Pembroke College, Cambridge, since 2004 and sits on a number of Boards including Chairman of Ascot Underwriting at Lloyds. Formerly, Sir Richard was the Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service, more commonly known as MI6. He joined SIS in 1966, having graduated from Queens’ College Cambridge. Postings have included Nairobi, Prague, Paris, Geneva and Washington. In 1993, he became Director of Personnel and Administration. He succeeded Sir David Spedding as ‘C’ in September 1999. He was awarded the OBE in 1984 and KCMG in 2001. He is also a trustee of Kent School, Connecticut, Honorary Fellow of Queens’ College Cambridge, a member of the International Advisory Board of AIG and senior Adviser to the Monitor Group. Sir Richard is in a unique position to explore this symbiotic (mutually exploitative, in every sense of the word) relationship and we look set for a world class evening.