About Us

The Research Institute for Sociotechnical Cyber Security is the UK’s first academic Research Institute to focus on understanding the overall security of organisations, including their constituent technology, people and processes.

RISCS takes an evidence-led and interdisciplinary approach to addressing these sociotechnical cyber security challenges. By providing a platform for the exchange of ideas, problems, and research solutions between academia, industry, and the policy community, RISCS promotes and supports world-leading, multidisciplinary, and scientifically robust research into sociotechnical approaches to cyber security.

RISCS is funded by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). We work closely with the policy community and industry partners to ensure that our world class academic research reaches those stakeholders who most need it.

The RISCS founding director was Professor Angela Sasse and, between 2018 and 2022 the institute was directed by Professor Madeline Carr, followed by Dr Tristan Caulfield. From January 2023, the research institute will run from the Department of Classics at University of Bristol, Directed by Professor Genevieve Liveley.