Formed on 29 March 2007 at the instigation of the Home Office, RISC brings together UK industry and academia to help ensure the efficient and timely delivery of capabilities to Government, through reducing the fragmented way in which Government deals with the security and resilience sector. RISC represents over 6,000 suppliers through the inclusive alliance of the sectors’ trade associations, and through Academic RiSC, supports universities focussed on security and resilience research better connect with Government and industry. RISC has further innovation and research links through the Research Councils’ Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security and Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Network.
Although RISC’s primary point of interaction with Government is the Home Office, RISC has supported both the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and Department for Transport (DfT) on capacity building projects, and worked with the Department for International Trade (at that time UKTI) to develop the UK’s Security Exports Strategy.
RISC was founded as an inclusive alliance of the three nationwide trade associations which represent the security and resilience sector, who now make up the Founding Partners: ADS, which represents the UK’s advanced manufacturing companies in aerospace, defence, security and space sectors, and companies operating in high risk environments; the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), the British Security Industry Association (BSIA), which represents companies supplying security guarding, cash in transit, consultancy, electronic and physical security equipment and services; and techUK, which represents companies in the information technology sector.
Since its establishment, RISC has expanded beyond the original three Founding Partners to include other Member organisations, including capability-specific groupings, smaller regional associations, and skills bodies:
- ASIS UK
- Fire Industry Association (FIA)
- Information Assurance Advisory Council (IAAC)
- Institute of Explosives Engineers (IExpE)
- Northern Defence Industries (NDI)
- Perimeter Security Suppliers Association (PSSA)
- Security Institute
- UK Crypto Developers Forum (CDF)
- UK Cyber Security Forum (UK CSF)
In addition, RISC has academic and innovation links through Academic RiSC, the Partnership for Conflict, Crime & Security Research (PaCCS), and Innovate UK.
RISC remains open to other appropriate, representative bodies involved in the UK’s security and resilience sector.
RISC structure and functioning
RISC is headed by the RISC Executive, consisting of a Chairperson and Vice Chairperson, elected to act as the public face of the security sector and to develop industry initiatives with the Government, as well as the immediate Past Chairperson.
RISC Council provides strategic direction and oversees the work of RISC. The Council is made up of the Chief Executives of the Founding Partners and the RISC Executive. It is also attended by Government representatives, including the Home Office and Department for International Trade.
The RISC Secretariat is hosted by ADS.