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Interview with Ross Anderson

Ross Anderson was a Professor of Security Engineering at Cambridge and at Edinburgh University. A pioneer in his field, he devoted his career to developing security engineering as a discipline: building systems to remain dependable in the face of malice, error or mischance.

Throughout his career as an academic and an industry consultant he received important distinctions and awards. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the Institute of Physics, a Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, as well as the recipient of the 2015 Lovelace Medal, awarded by British Computer Society.

In this interviews Professor Anderson talks about a wide range of aspects of his life and formal education, how he developed knowledge and skills in the practical application of cybersecurity to banking and commerce on the UK  High Street and in emerging, sometimes dangerous,  economies overseas. With the benefit of such experiences he returned to academia, formal research of the discipline and became a Chair at the University of Cambridge.

Professor Anderson was interviewed by Elisabetta Mori on 12 March 2024 for Archives of IT and the full interview transcription should be live at the end of April.

Professor Anderson died on 28 March 2024 at the age of 67.

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