About

Thomas Rid is Professor of Security Studies at King’s College London.

Rid’s most recent book, Rise of the Machines (2016), tells the sweeping story of how cybernetics, a late-1940s theory of machines, came to incite anarchy and war half a century later (translated into Chinese, Russian, German, Japanese, and Turkish). His 2015 article “Attributing Cyber Attacks” was designed to explain, guide, and improve the identification of network breaches (Journal of Strategic Studies 2015). In 2013 he published the widely-read book Cyber War Will Not Take Place. Rid testified on information security in front of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence as well as in the German Bundestag and the UK Parliament.

In 2009/2010, Rid was a visiting scholar at Hebrew University and at Shalem in Jerusalem. From 2006 to 2009 he worked at the School for Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, the RAND Corporation in Washington, and at the Institut français des relations internationales in Paris. Rid wrote his first book, War and Media Operations (2007), at the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik, a Berlin think tank. He holds a PhD from Humboldt University in Berlin.

Thomas lives in the Barbican in the City of London.