Published: 2020-09-16 11:03 | Updated: 2020-09-16 11:06

New chief security officer at Karolinska Institutet

Niclas Johansson. Photo: Stefan Zimmerman

Niclas Johansson, formerly of General Electric (now Cytiva) in Uppsala, is the new chief security officer at Karolinska Institutet.

The position of chief security officer and head of the Environment and Security Unit at the University Administration has many facets. First and foremost, it is to support departments, students and staff at KI on matters of environment and health, but Niclas Johansson will also be working in KI’s crisis managmenet organisation and supporting the KI management.

Security challenges at KI

“KI is a large and complex organisation and much of its security operations are based on trust, the trust needed to be able to raise issues,” says Johansson. “The challenge as I see it is to generate an understanding that there’s an interest in what’s being done at KI both within Sweden and from outside powers. Another challenge is to always be able to give research the right support at the right time on chemical, radiation and biological safety. Other important closely related safety issues that require cooperation are data security and IT security, the responsibility for which lies with the Legal and Information Technology offices.”

To start with, Johansson will be concentrating on creating a broad network in order to learn more about KI and its operations, within both the university’s various departments and his own unit. His to-do list also includes a security analysis based on the relatively new Protective Security Act, to ensure that a necessary plan of action can be devised to protect a specific operational unit, activity and/or information. Another focus area is to bolster the resources available within the field of environment and sustainability.

Former security officer at Cytiva

Niclas Johansson joins KI after eleven years at Uppsala-based General Electric, now Cytiva. Before that, he was with the Swedish Armed Forces.

The field of security is a broad one. The Environment and Safety Unit at KI has expertise in environmental, biological, chemical and radiation safety as well as in import and export controls.

“If, as a student or member of staff, you feel that your person, work or close colleague has somehow been affected by a safety or security-related complication, you’re to let us know,” says Johansson. “Incidents can also be reported in KI’s incident management system Key Concept. Even though I might not be able to handle your particular case, one of my very able colleagues will.”