This seminar assessed priorities for the UK in maintaining its capacity to deal with the latest developments in cyber security.
It took 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, which summarised the work taking place under the NCSC’s Active Cyber Defence Programme - including analysis of the effectiveness of measures taken up to that point, and the latest developments in the threat landscape.
The agenda brought out assessments of the latest state of the cyber security threats facing the UK at the time and how they were being addressed.
In the context of the announcement of £70m of Government funding for a new Digital Security by Design Challenge, sessions examined potential vulnerabilities across key sections of the UK economy and how they were being tackled.
The conference took place following the announcement of the Telecoms Supply Chain Review, which set 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.
Delegates also considered 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 included 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 assessed 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.
Discussion took place on workforce diversity, which was a focus of a round of funding for the Cyber Skills Immediate Impact Fund, as well as on the creation of the new UK Cyber Security Council.
Delegates considered key issues around education and training - including skills development; tailored training programmes and priorities for improving cyber-awareness for the wider workforce.
Further sessions discussed how the UK can attract and retain talent, assessing the effectiveness of recruitment and discovery programmes.