Westminster eForum

The UK’s cyber security capabilities: skills and workforce development, international collaboration, and responding to latest threats

Morning, Thursday, 17th October 2019

Central London

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.


Following the publication of the NCSC’s Active Cyber Defence Report for 2019, and in the context of the Government’s draft National Cyber Security Skills Strategy, we expect discussion on the range of cyber threats facing the UK, as well as on developing and sustaining a skilled cyber security workforce in the UK in order to meet these challenges.


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


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 recent 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, with 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 recent 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.


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.

We also expect discussion on the potential of a flourishing cyber-skills base in supporting economic growth and helping position the UK at the forefront of cyber security - as well as the competitiveness of the UK’s cyber security sector in international export markets.



Keynote Speakers

Professor Chris Hankin

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

Matthew Parsons

Head of Cyber Security Skills and Professionalisation, DCMS

Professor Jeremy Watson

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

Chairs

Madeleine Moon MP

Member, House of Commons Defence Select Committee and President, NATO Parliamentary Assembly

Rt Hon the Lord Arbuthnot of Edrom

Speakers

Rob Norris

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

Ruth Davis

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

Matt Houlihan

Director, Government and Corporate Affairs, Cisco

Nick Coleman

Global Lead, Intelligence and Risk, IBM

Kevin McLoughlin

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

David Ferbrache

Global Head of Cyber Futures/Chair

Dr Chitra Balakrishna

Program Director, Cyber Security, Institute of Coding