Cybersecurity Assessing Global Threats
The 2022 Bynum Merritt Hunter Memorial Lecture
Sir Alex Younger is the Former Chief (“C”) of the British Secret Intelligence Service, also known as MI6. He served in this role for six years, from 2014-2020 and in 2019 became the longest-serving MI6 Chief in 50 years. Sir Alex joined MI6 in 1991. He was posted to Europe and the Middle East before becoming the senior SIS officer in Afghanistan. He spent much of his career as a Spy and worked abroad undercover as a diplomat in a number of countries. In 2009, Sir Alex became the head of counter-intelligence, during which he was involved in security for the London Olympics 2012. Prior to joining MI6, he read Economics at St. Andrew’s University and was commissioned into the Scot Guards in 1986, being promoted to Captain in 1989. Sir Alex has a deep interest in and knowledge of how to protect citizens from future security threats: He considers this will lie in our mastery of key emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, quantum, and synthetic biology.