Cyber 2017

Evolving norms, improving harmonization and building resilience

26 Jun 2017 - 09:30 to 27 Jun 2017 - 13:30
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Chatham House


The continued growth of online communications, business transactions and digital information sharing, means that ever more personal, commercial and state assets exist and operate in an increasingly hyperconnected cyberspace. Secure cyber connectivity is vital for nations, businesses and individuals but internationally, differences in cyber policy are emerging, affecting issues from data protection to national security. Attempts to exert greater control over cyberspace and incidences of cyber espionage have given rise to political tensions between countries, as well as between citizens and their governments. In this context, the risk of an increasingly fragmented cyberspace is very real, but without the ability for data to flow freely much of the value of cyber connectivity will be diminished.

This 5th annual Chatham House Cyber conference will address:

  • The potential of the ‘internet of things’, and how increased cyber security vulnerabilities can be managed and liabilities attributed
  • Progress toward international harmonization to ease digital data transfer
  • Quantifying and managing business critical cyber risks in financial services
  • International cyber crime resilience building
  • Cyber defence and international security cooperation

The Chatham House Rule 
To enable as open a debate as possible, this conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule.



Monday 26 June

Overview | What Next for Cyberspace?

This opening session will explore the forces shaping the future of the internet and cyberspace, including technological developments, corporate interests and government policies. Discussions will consider the impact of these developments on societies, businesses and policy-makers.

Session One | The Network of Everything?

This session will explore the potential of the ‘internet of things’, and how the vulnerabilities created by increased cyber connectedness can be managed and how responsibilities for cyber security can be shared. 

  • What is the potential of the ‘internet of things’ (IoT) within specific industries and as part of a broader connected network? To what extent will privacy and security concerns affect the proliferation of the IoT?
  • What are the implications for the security of critical infrastructure of increasing numbers of simple online devices and ever greater interconnectivity?
  • How can the risks created by the IoT be appropriately measured, and who is liable when things go wrong?
  • What shape could manufacturing standards or government legislation aimed at strengthening security take? How might an international approach to standards be developed? 

Session Two | Business Critical and Systemic Cyber Risk: Spotlight on Financial Services

Data systems in financial services are increasingly cyber reliant, interconnected and vulnerable to potentially catastrophic shocks with serious consequences for infrastructure and customers. What is the right approach to managing cyber risks and is cyber security becoming a core business function?

  • How can cyber risk be effectively quantified, especially in light of increasing interconnectivity, and communicated, both internally and externally?
  • Is information technology as a distinct function in a business a thing of the past? To what extent is the chief information security officer role strategic and recognized as such?
  • What are the risks posed by the use of artificial intelligence in industry, or automation in financial transactions, and how can they be managed?
  • Is promoting cyber security through guidance and cooperation sufficient in critically important industries or are specific rules necessary? What are the challenges in developing these? What are financial regulators’ expectations with regard to cyber security and how are these developing?

Session Three | Reconciling Ease of Data Flow with Privacy and Security 

The flow of data is critical to the functioning of the global economy. This session will address the challenge of developing regulations that provide privacy and security in a way acceptable to citizens, while working toward international harmonization of regulations to ensure ease of data transfer. 

  • How can data protection, privacy and security be balanced in a way that establishes trust between states, businesses and citizens?
  • What progress has there been globally toward stated principles for data access during criminal or national security investigations? To what extent are measures of legality, transparency and oversight being put in place?
  • How and why do approaches to data regulation differ in the EU and the US and how are they likely to develop? Post-Brexit, what approach might the UK adopt?
  • How can progress towards international harmonization of rules and regulations in cyberspace be achieved?
  • How do political tensions manifest in these discussions? What are the risks in terms of data localization requirements if international agreement is impossible? 

1730 Close of day one and reception hosted by Chatham House

Tuesday 27 June 

Session Four | Rising International Tensions and Cyber Defence

In the context of recent political transitions and increasing numbers of cyber-attacks by government-linked entities, the ability for states to defend themselves from cyber-attack and to cooperate on common cyber defence matters will be addressed.  

  • To what extent does cyberspace challenge conventional approaches to interstate relations?
  • To what extent are malicious cyber weapons being developed by states? Is an accelerated cyber arms race likely or have rising tensions been exaggerated?
  • What measures are needed for nations to boost their online defence capabilities?
  • What might be the impact of major political transitions on cooperation on cyber security and defence threats?

Session Five | International Cyber Crime Resilience Building 

This session will focus on progress toward building resilience to cyber crime through improved cooperation and capacity building.

  • To tackle cyber crime, how important is collaboration on intelligence, methodology and resource between states, businesses as well as across business and government? How can it be improved at each of these levels?
  • How do international approaches to cyber crime compare?
  • How can the cyber security skills demand be met and greater capacity developed?
  • What progress is being made to develop bilateral agreements that streamline the process of information sharing across borders in criminal investigations? To what extent could these agreements become multilateral, and what is the potential for a non-sovereign enforcement mechanism with universal jurisdiction?

1300 End of conference 

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Keynote speakers


Julie Brill to speak at the Chatham House Cyber 2017 conference

Julie Brill

Partner, Hogan Lovells and Commissioner, Federal Trade Commission, US (2010-16)

Jasmina Byrne to speak at the Chatham House Cyber 2017 conference

Jasmina Byrne

Child Protection Specialist, UNICEF

Gordon Corera to speak at Chatham House Cyber 2015 conference

Gordon Corera

Security Correspondent, BBC

Sadie Creese

Professor of Cybersecurity, University of Oxford

Sorin Ducaru

Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO

Misha Glenny to speak at Chatham House Cyber 2016 conference

Misha Glenny

Journalist and Author, DarkMarket

Malcolm Johnson to speak at Chatham House Cyber 2017 conference

Malcolm Johnson

Deputy Secretary-General, ITU

Cheri McGuire to speak at the Chatham House Cyber 2017 conference

Cheri McGuire

Group Chief Information Security Officer, Standard Chartered

Emily Taylor to speak at Chatham House Cyber 2015 conference

Emily Taylor

Associate Fellow, International Security, Chatham House

Patricia Zorko to speak at the Chatham House Cyber 2017 conference

Patricia Zorko

Director, Cyber Security, Ministry for Security and Justice, The Netherlands

Pricing and booking information 

Register by Friday 28 April 2017 to benefit from the early booking rate.

Ways to book:

  1. Online: Click here to complete the online registration form
  2. Phone: Call Dora Rencoret on +44 (0)20 7957 5727
  3. Email / Post: Download a PDF registration form, complete and return to Charlotte Laycock via email or post: Chatham House, 10 St. James’s Square, London, SW1Y 4LE


Partners and major corporate members  
All organizations£545£645
Standard corporate members  
Commercial organizations£1,190£1,390
Government departments£720£820
NGOs and academics£440£540
Commercial organizations£1,335£1,535
Government departments£810£920
NGOs and academics£490£595

Your delegate pass includes:

  • Conference attendance
  • Documentation
  • Lunch and refreshments

Travel and accommodation are not included. View a list of recommended hotels here.


Microsoft to sponsor the Chatham House Cyber 2017 conference

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this event, please contact
Amy Wevill on +44 (0) 20 7957 5732


Chatham House
10 St James's Square
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Telephone: +44 (0)20 7314 2785
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If you wish to book the venue for your own event please phone +44 (0)20 7314 2764

The nearest tube station is Piccadilly Circus which is on the Piccadilly and the Bakerloo Underground lines. From Piccadilly follow Regent Street southwards towards Pall Mall and take the first road on the right called Jermyn Street. Duke of York Street is the second road on the left and leads to St James's Square. Chatham House is immediately on your right.


Although we cannot book accommodation for delegates, we have arranged a reduced rate at some nearby hotels, where you can book your own accommodation. Please inform the hotel that you will be attending a conference at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) to qualify for the Institute's reduced rate.

Please note all rates are subject to availability.

Flemings Mayfair
Half Moon Street
London - W1J 7BH

Tel: + 44 (0)20 7499 2964
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7499 1817

Standard Single from £195 + VAT

The Cavendish London
81 Jermyn Street
London - SW1Y 6JF

Tel: + 44 (0)20 7930 2111
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7839 2125

Standard Single £205 + VAT

Book The Cavendish online

The Stafford London 
St James's Place
London - SW1A 1NJ

Tel: 020 7518 1125
Fax: 020 7493 7121

Standard Single £235 +VAT

The Savoy London
London - WC2R 0EU

Tel: 020 7836 4343
Fax: 020 7240 6040 

Standard Single £250 +VAT

Media partners

Cyber Security Review to partner with Chatham House on the Cyber 2017 conference

Menas Associates to partner with Chatham Hosue on the Cyber 2017 conference

Tech UK to partner with Chatham House on the Cyber 2017 conference

If you are interested in becoming a media partner for this event, please contact 
Amy Smith on +44 (0)20 7957 5755

Press registration

This conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule. Information for journalists.

Press can request a press pass.