Morning, Thursday, 17th October 2019
Sixty One Whitehall, London SW1A 2ET
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This timely seminar will assess priorities for the UK in maintaining its capacity to deal with the latest developments in cyber security.
It takes place in the context of the Government’s draft National Cyber Security Skills Strategy, and with the publication of the NCSC’s Active Cyber Defence Report for 2019, summarising the work taking place under the NCSC’s Active Cyber Defence Programme - including analysis of the effectiveness of measures taken so far and the latest developments in the threat landscape.
There will be keynote contributions from: Matthew Parsons, Head of Cyber Security Skills and Professionalisation, DCMS; Nick Coleman, Global Lead, Intelligence and Risk, IBM; David Ferbrache, Global Head of Cyber Futures, KPMG and Chair, National Cyber Resilience Leaders’ Board for Scotland and Professor Chris Hankin, Co-Director, Institute for Security Science and Technology, Imperial College London and Director, InterNational Cyber Security Center of Excellence.
The agenda will bring out assessments of the latest state of the cyber security threats facing the UK and how they are being addressed.
In the context of the announcement of £70m of Government funding for a new Digital Security by Design Challenge, sessions will examine potential vulnerabilities across key sections of the UK economy and how they are being tackled.
The agenda includes an overview from Professor Jeremy Watson, Director, PETRAS and Professor of Engineering Systems, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, University College London.
It comes following the announcement of the Telecoms Supply Chain Review, which sets out government plans to improve security standards and practices in the telecoms sector through greater enforcement of security requirements, and to protect the UK’s national security interests by creating a sustainable and diverse telecoms supply chain.
We also expect delegates to consider emerging issues, including cyber security at the periphery of networks and in IoT devices - with the Government reviewing responses to its consultation on regulatory proposals for consumer IoT security.
Areas for discussion include the extent to which vulnerabilities at the edges of networks constitute a threat to overall network security and the way forward for policy, regulation and industry practice in tackling the issues.
Delegates will assess measures set out in the draft National Cyber Security Skills Strategy, as well as examining progress and considering next steps more broadly around skills and securing a sustainable pipeline of talent.
We expect discussion on workforce diversity, which is a focus of a new round of funding for the Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund, as well as on the appointment of the Institution of Engineering and Technology as the Delivery Lead for the new UK Cyber Security Council - with a speaking contribution from Hugh Boyes, Cyber Security Lead, Institution of Engineering and Technology.
Delegates will consider key issues around education and training - including:
- how well the current education system is equipping graduates with the skills they need to enter the labour market and keeping pace with the rapidly evolving threat landscape;
- what is needed to build closer links between industry, education and policy in areas such as the development of tailored training programmes; and
- priorities for improving cyber-awareness for the wider workforce.
Further sessions discuss how the UK can attract and retain talent, assessing:
- the effectiveness of recruitment and discovery programmes;
- improving the provision of careers guidance and pathways; and
- addressing gender imbalance and wider diversity issues to broaden the talent pool and develop a more inclusive workforce.