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Next steps for UK cyber security - new government strategy, sector development, risk management priorities, and international collaboration

Morning, Monday, 13th September 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will discuss priorities for the new cyber security strategy as it is prepared by the Government, with its publication anticipated for later this year, following the Integrated Review of Security, Defence, Development and Foreign Policy.

The discussion also takes place as the Telecoms Security Bill continues its progress through Parliament. The Bill aims to improve the security of the UK’s telecommunications networks, and includes measures such as the introduction of Telecoms Security Requirements (TSRs) and a new general duty bestowed upon Ofcom to ensure telecoms providers comply with security duties.

We are pleased to be able to include a keynote addresses from Irfan Hemani, Deputy Director - Cyber Security, Department for Culture, Media and Sport; Erika Lewis, Director, Cyber Security and Digital Identity, Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and Dr Claudia Natanson, Chair, UK Cyber Security Council.

The agenda will bring out latest thinking on:

  • priorities for cyber security across business, the public sector, critical systems and infrastructure, and government
  • what is needed from the Government’s new strategy
  • the future of the cyber security ecosystem and market in the UK
  • developing a coordinated approach to skills, R&D, and innovation
  • improving the security of smart devices for both personal and business use
  • supporting the adoption of new and emerging technology
  • UK international competitiveness, developing partnerships, and supporting the UK’s offensive and defensive cyber security priorities
  • ensuring that regulatory, legal, and policy frameworks are in place to support the sector’s continued growth


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from BEIS; the Cabinet Office; the Competition and Markets Authority; the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport; the Department for International Trade; the Department of Health and Social Care; the Geospatial Commission; the Government Legal Department; HM Revenue & Customs; the Home Office; the Information Commissioner's Office; the National Audit Office; the National Cyber Security Centre; Ofcom; the UK Space Agency; the Department for the Economy, NI; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Al-Hasaniya Morocan Women's Project; Baringa Partners; Census Labs; Cheltenham Ladies' College; Ipsos MORI; Jonas Software UK; Local Government Association; LoCTA; Mayer Brown International; Omdia; Pinsent Masons; Taylor Wessing; and Yoti.

Press passes have been reserved by representatives from the Infosecurity Magazine and S&P Global.

Overall, we expect speakers and other delegates to be an informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials involved in this area of public policy, together with cyber security, technology and telecoms professionals, and those from the wider business community and the security and defence sector, advisors and suppliers, academics and educational institutions, training providers, lawyers, analysts, industry bodies, organisations and individuals representing the views of consumers and citizens, and reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Dr Claudia Natanson

Chair, UK Cyber Security Council

Keynote Speakers

Irfan Hemani

Deputy Director - Cyber Security, Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Dr Claudia Natanson

Chair, UK Cyber Security Council


Senior speaker confirmed from BT Group

Aleksander Gorkowienko

Senior Managing Consultant, Spirent Communications

Professor Deeph Chana

Co-Director, Institute for Security Science and Technology

Ilyas Khan

Co-Founder and CEO, Cambridge Quantum Computing

Philip James

Partner, Global Privacy and Cyber Security Group, Eversheds Sutherland

Professor Sadie Creese

Professor of Cyber Security, Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford

Olu Odeniyi

Board Director, Federation of Small Businesses

Erika Lewis

Director, Cyber Security and Digital Identity, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

Carla Baker

Senior Director, Government Affairs UK & Ireland, Palo Alto Networks