'Downing Street has appointed a senior spy to lead the UK’s joint biosecurity centre, which will monitor the spread of coronavirus across the country and suppress new outbreaks.
Clare Gardiner, head of cyber resilience and strategy at the National Cyber Security Centre — a branch of signals intelligence agency GCHQ — will become the centre’s first director-general, responsible for advising ministers on the “alert level” for the virus; which is similar to assessing the terror threat.
Ms Gardiner’s role at the NCSC involves advising businesses and public organisations on how to improve their cyber defences, and she will return to this post after her secondment at the centre. But her research background in epidemiology and medical statistics make her well-suited to the role, according to one person familiar with her appointment.
Senior civil servant and former lecturer in medical statistics appointed to Joint Biosecurity Centre.'
All rather cart before the horse in view of the current levels of infection. It is not even operational until the end of next month.