Created formally on 29 March 2007 at the request of the Home Office, RISC brings together UK industry and academia to help ensure the efficient and timely delivery of capabilities to Government. RISC represents over 6,000 suppliers through the inclusive alliance of the sectors’ trade associations, and through Academic RiSC, supports universities focused on security and resilience research to better connect with Government and industry. RISC has additional innovation and research links through the Research Councils’ Partnership for Conflict, Crime and Security and Innovate UK’s Knowledge Transfer Network.
RISC was founded as an inclusive alliance of suppliers, think tanks, and the three nationwide trade associations that 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.
Supported by the other Founding Partner Associations, ADS currently provides secretariat support and policy advice to the alliance.