Sir David Omand was the first UK security and intelligence coordinator from 2002 to 2005 as permanent secretary in the Cabinet Office. Previously, he was permanent secretary of the UK Home Office and director of Government Communications Headquarters (the UK signals intelligence and cyber-security agency). He has a degree in mathematics and theoretical physics and a master’s in economics. He is a fellow of Corpus Christi College Cambridge and is senior independent director of Babcock International Group PLC. His book Securing the State is published by Hurst (United Kingdom) and Oxford University Press (United States).

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