One of the members is a guitarist at English indie rock band Bombay Bicycle Club

The Cyber Monitoring Centre (CMC) has announced a new technical committee, a statement released yesterday (18 January 2024) said.

The CMC was launched earlier this month (1 January 2024) and aims to bring “greater clarity and transparency” to complex cyber incidents, as well as enable UK organisations “better prepare for and respond to these events”.

It is currently working to categorise cyber events on a scale of one to five based on reach and financial impact to UK organisations.

The new technical committee will review relevant data about cyber events to determine their categorisation.

“Entirely independent of any one company, organisation or sector and made of individuals with extensive and different experiences, our technical committee is a vital component to ensure a trusted event categorisation,” CMC chief executive William Mayes said.

“I am delighted that we have attracted such high calibre individuals to this innovative and valuable initiative and am confident that our committee will become viewed as a reliable, expert assessor of systemic cyber events.”

The team

Ciaran Martin will head up the new technical committee, with him having previously served as chief executive of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which was set up in October 2016 by the government.

Martin is joined by Sadie Creese, professor of cyber security at the University of Oxford, managing director Dan Jeffery, Jamie MacColl, research fellow in cyber security at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) and Durham University’s finance department head Julian Williams.

Creese previously worked at QinetiQ and as a research scientist for the UK’s Ministry of Defence, Jeffery was previously chief information security officer for NHS Blood and Transplant and lead for the NHS’s National Cyber Programme.

Meanwhile, Williams was formerly director of the Durham University Institute of Hazard Risk and Resilience.

And MacColll, who is also guitarist at English indie rock band Bombay Bicycle Club, previously worked at Orpheus Cyber.

Martin said he is “excited to be involved” in the CMC.

“It addresses a key challenge in UK cyber risk response, namely trying to quantify the impact of systemic cyber events as they are occurring,” he added.

“This whole area of measuring the severity of incidents has proved a really tricky one but if we can crack it, we can hugely improve the way we deal with cyber security.”