Initially set up as the Centre for Applied Research in Information Systems (CARIS), based in Kingston University, London, CARIS became a limited company in 2003, to provide more flexibility and confidentiality to commercial clients than a university centre could offer. Progressively, CARIS Research Ltd came to supersede the original research centre, since non-governmental clients sponsored most of the work.
Chris Wills and Robin Hirsch have worked together since 1987 and still form the core of CARIS Research Ltd. However, the company is also able to call upon a broad range of experienced associates in the UK, across the European Union and further afield in the USA, and Hong Kong.
Chris is a Freeman of the City of London, a Liveryman of the City of London’s Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and a Fellow of the British Computer Society. Robin is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.
These are either successful IT professionals with their own consulting businesses working for blue chip clients, or senior academics with in-depth knowledge of the issues involved in the project at hand. In either case, they are normally people whom we have known and with whom we have worked over many years.
We are currently members of a consortium working on an Horizon 2020 project “CS-Aware”. The consortium, which includes the universities of Oulu, Passau and Vienna, along with several commercial partners, is engaged in the design and constrution of cyber security awareness systems for the cities of Larissa and Rome. The role of CARIS is that of systems analyst / designer. This project is funded by the European Commission and has a value in excess of €4.5 million