Ciaran is Professor of Practice in the Management of Public Organisations. Prior to joining the School, Ciaran was the founding Executive Director of the National Cyber Security Centre, part of GCHQ.

Ciaran led a fundamental shift in the UK's approach to cyber security in the second half of the last decade. He successfully advocated for a complete change in approach towards a more interventionist stance, which was adopted by the government in the 2015 National Security Strategy, leading to the creation of the NCSC in 2016 under his leadership. In the same time period, the UK has moved from joint eighth to first place in the International Telecommunications Union's Global Cybersecurity Index and the NCSC model has been widely studied and adopted in countries such as Canada and Australia. The NCSC's approach has been praised for responding quickly to incidents and providing the UK public with clear and rapid advice on how to respond to them, getting previously classified information into the hands of industry so that businesses can defend themselves more effectively, making significant improvements to automated cyber security, such as countering brand spoofing and quickly dismantling malicious sites, and projecting the UK's leadership in cyber security around the world.

Ciaran's work, which led him to be named CB on the 2020 New Year's Honour list, has also been recognised and honoured in the United States and elsewhere around the world.

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