Strengthening UK Cyber Security: Working in Partnership to Reduce Risk in the Digital Age

Date: Thursday 15th May 2014
Time: 10:15am — 4:30pm
Venue: Central London
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The expansion of the internet has brought enormous social and technological advancement and significant economic growth, with the internet-related market estimated to be worth £82bn a year. However, increased openness and dependence on cyberspace has also brought greater risk from criminals, rogue states and terrorism, with cyber attacks categorised as a Tier One threat in the Government’s National Security Strategy (October 2010). In the past year 93% of large corporations and 87% of small businesses reported a cyber breach, with each breach estimated to cost £450,000 – £850,000 for large businesses and £35,000-£65,000 for small companies.

The Government has underlined its commitment to protecting businesses and making the UK more resilient to cyber attacks and crime, launching the UK Cyber Strategy (November 2011) and investing £860m in to the National Cyber Security Programme 2010-2014.

In 2013, as part of a drive to strengthen the UK’s ability to detect and defeat cyber crime, the Government set up a National Cyber Crime Unit within the new National Crime Agency (NCA), bringing together the Police eCrime Unit and the Serious Organised Crime Agency (SOCA). From early 2014, CERT-UK will help to improve the coordination of national cyber incidents and share technical information between countries. The Government is also working to boost the UK’s cyber security knowledge, skills and capability, including improving police training.The National Cyber Security Strategy Our Forward Plans – December 2013’ stresses the importance of effective partnership working between Government, law enforcement agencies, academia and the private sector.

The Government has also sought to support businesses to protect themselves against cyber crime, working towards the establishment of a single organisational standard for cyber security, providing advice and best practice, and introducing a single reporting system for financially motivated cyber crime. With public services increasingly being delivered online as part of the Government’s Digital Strategy, it is essential that local authorities and public service providers also address vulnerabilities within their online systems to ensure public data and sensitive information is properly protected and public trust established. Awareness of cyber security must also continue to be raised amongst the public and professionals working across the public, private and third sectors.

The Government has made clear that there is still much work to be done. This timely symposium offers an invaluable opportunity for businesses, local authorities, public bodies, industry regulators, police, security/technology specialists and other key stakeholders to examine how best to strengthen UK cyber security in order to protect and promote the UK in a digital world.

The symposium will:

  • Analyse the next steps to deliver the National Cyber Security Strategy and how best to deliver a secure, open, stable and vibrant cyberspace
  • Examine how to reduce the UK’s vulnerability, manage risks and better detect and defeat threats
  • Consider how to strengthen partnership working between the police, public and private sectors, industry and Government
  • Explore how to bolster your organisation’s security
  • Discuss how to maximise opportunities created by the growth in demand for cyber security, driving innovation and enterprise


09:30 Registration and Morning Refreshments
10:15 Chair’s Welcome and Introduction
10:30 Panel Session One:
Working in Partnership to Strengthen UK Cyber Security – The Next Steps

  • Securing an Open, Stable and Vibrant Cyberspace – Understanding the Threat, Emerging Trends, Policy and Funding Packages
  • Building the UK’s Capacity to Detect and Defeat – Improving Intelligence and Data, Expanding the Skills and Expertise of Cyber Security Professionals and the Police, Attracting New Talent
  • Managing and Deterring Risks – Strengthening Partnership Working between the Police, Public and Private Sector and Industry
  • Educating and Empowering the Public to Identify, Manage and Report Threats, Ensure Basic Levels of Protection and Safeguard Personal Information
11:15 Morning Refreshments
11:30 Open Floor Discussion and Debate with Panel One
12:30 Networking Lunch
13:30 Panel Session Two:
Local Government, Ecommerce and Cyber Security – Reducing Risk, Building Trust, Maximising Opportunities

  • ‘Digital by Default’ – Reducing Vulnerabilities in Central and Local Government Systems and Setting High Standards for Suppliers in order to Deliver Public Services Securely and Effectively
  • Raising Business Awareness of Cyber Security – Exploring the Financial and Reputation Challenges Posed by Cyber Threats
  • Bolstering Organisational Security – Improving Staff Understanding and Increasing Training, Protecting Public Data, Commercially Sensitive Information and Intellectual Property, Working Towards a Single Standard
  • Building the Public’s Trust as Consumers and Public Service Users
  • Driving Innovation and Enterprise – Harnessing Expertise to Capitalise on the Growth in Demand for Cyber Security Services
14:15 Afternoon Refreshments
14:30 Open Floor Discussion and Debate with Panel Two
15:30 Chair’s Summary and Closing Comments
15:40 Networking Reception
16:30 Close

Who Should Attend?

  • Police Authorities and Police Service
  • Serious and Organised Crime Officers and Advisers
  • Fraud Prevention and Detection Teams
  • Financial Intelligence Officers
  • E-crime Teams
  • Digital Forensics Teams
  • Identity Fraud Teams
  • Financial Crime Prevention Teams
  • Heads of Counter Terrorism
  • Information Security and Protection Teams
  • Business Continuity Managers
  • Business Resilience Managers
  • Risk Managers
  • Operational Risk Managers
  • Operations Managers
  • Heads of Crisis Management
  • Governmental Crisis Planners
  • Crisis Communications Professionals
  • Senior Executives
  • Emergency Management Coordinators
  • Emergency Planning Officers
  • Business Development Managers
  • Heads of Security and Safety
  • Corporate Planning Officers
  • Project Managers
  • Infrastructure Managers
  • ICT Managers
  • Administration Managers
  • Civil Contingencies Coordinators
  • Resilience Coordinators
  • Technology and Operational Risk Teams
  • Chief Information, Operating, Technology and Security Officers
  • Network Security and Cyber Security Teams
  • Heads of Data and ICT Security
  • Secured Database Systems Managers
  • Heads of Infrastructure and Architecture
  • Cloud Computing Teams
  • Telecommunications Sector
  • Utilities Sector
  • Emergency Services
  • NHS
  • Infrastructure and Software Manufacturers
  • Security Consultants
  • Regulatory Compliance and Regulatory Bodies
  • Third Sector Organisations
  • Local Authorities
  • Central Government Departments
  • Academics
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