Westminster eForum

Priorities for UK cyber security - responding to latest threats, international collaboration, and skills and workforce development

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.


Keynote Speakers

Professor Jeremy Watson

Director, PETRAS and Professor of Engineering Systems, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, University College London

David Ferbrache

Global Head of Cyber Futures, KPMG and Chair, National Cyber Resilience Leaders’ Board for Scotland

Nick Coleman

Global Lead, Intelligence and Risk, IBM

Professor Chris Hankin

Co-Director, Institute for Security Science and Technology, Imperial College London and Director, InterNational Cyber Security Center of Excellence

Keynote Speakers

Professor Chris Hankin

Co-Director, Institute for Security Science and Technology, Imperial College London and Director, InterNational Cyber Security Center of Excellence

Professor Jeremy Watson

Director, PETRAS and Professor of Engineering Systems, Department of Science, Technology, Engineering and Public Policy, University College London

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

Chairs

Senior Parliamentarian

Rt Hon the Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom

Speakers

Rob Norris

Vice President, Western Europe, Live Services and Enterprise Cyber Security, Fujitsu UK

Ruth Edwards

Head of Commercial Strategy and Public Policy, BT Security

Simon Staffell

Head of Public Affairs, Nominet

Dr Saira Ghafur

Lead for Digital Health, Institute of Global Health Innovation, Imperial College London

Hugh Boyes

Principal Fellow, Cyber Security Centre, WMG, University of Warwick and Cyber Security Lead, Institution of Engineering and Technology

Kevin McLoughlin

Chief Technology Officer, The Integrate Agency and Co-Founder, Padlock

Dr Chitra Balakrishna

Program Director, Cyber Security, Institute of Coding