To support the efficient and timely delivery of quality national security capabilities, RISC has academic links through the Network for Security Excellence and Collaboration (NSEC), formerly known as Academic RiSC.

Academic RiSC, now NSEC, was established in 2014 to encourage greater academic involvement in research that aims to solve challenges in national security.  It is recognised by the Home Office, other government departments and by industry as an important conduit to expertise in this field and is chaired by Cranfield University, a specialist postgraduate university that is a global leader for education and transformational research in technology and management.