Cyber security experts from the UK and US will meet technology leaders from around the world next month at CyberUK, the UK government’s leading cyber security conference.
More than 1,500 attendees from industry, academia and government are expected at this year’s event, which takes place May 10-11 at the ICC in Newport, Wales. Next month’s conference will be the first to be held in person in the two years since the pandemic hit.
Why CyberUK is important: Organized by the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), which is part of the GCHQ watchdog agency, CyberUK brings together industry leaders and high-profile figures from industry and government to discuss key national and international security concerns in the digital age.
Lindy NCSC CEO Cameron promises the event will bring “two days of vibrant discussion, debate and cutting-edge technology exhibits.” The summit also aims to increase Britain’s influence and positioning in the cybersecurity space, to be seen as a leader in the battle against hostile actors online.
Who is talking? Some big names will take the stage at this year’s summit. Two of US President Joe Biden’s top advisers on cyber threats: Speaking will be Jen Easterly, Director of the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and Rob Joyce, Director of Cybersecurity for the US National Security Agency (NSA).
Key figures from Britain’s cybersecurity efforts will also appear. Steve Barclay MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, Sir Jeremy Fleming, Director of GCHQ and Lindy Cameron of NCSC will join industry leaders from around the world to discuss the most pressing online threats facing governments, businesses and consumers. citizens.
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The agenda: The overall theme of this year’s conference is “Cyber Security for All of Society,” and the summit events “will feature content of interest to cyber security leaders and practitioners, risk owners, and interested citizens,” the NCSC said. Under the overarching theme, event content will be delivered through four distinct streams of activity: Resilience and Addressing Threat; technology and ecosystem; Local to global leadership and interactive workshops.
This is what’s at play: The threats posed to citizens and governments around the world are constantly changing. Despite 2021 seeing a drop in the number of cyberattacks carried out on UK businesses, more organizations than ever before (77 per cent) now list cybersecurity as a high priority. according to the latest government survey on cyber security breaches.
The threat of cyber warfare in the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine, which experts have warned could cause “mutually assured destruction of systems”, highlights how threats posed online are a transnational problem that requires strict attention and action.