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Computer Hacking: How Big is the Security Threat?

10 May 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
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Chatham House, London

Participants

Charles Arthur, Technology Editor, The Guardian (2009-14); Author, Cyber Wars: Hacks that Shocked the Business World
Chris Wallis, Founder, Intruder
Poppy Gustafsson, Chief Executive Officer (EMEA), Darktrace
Chair: Emily Taylor, Associate Fellow, International Security Department, Chatham House

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Overview

Following a number of very high profile cyberattacks and data breaches in recent years, such as the hacking of the US firm Equifax in 2017 which resulted in the theft of almost 145 million social security numbers and the WannaCry ransomware attack which affected over 150 countries,  questions around hacking have been brought into the public consciousness. How do these hacks occur and what different techniques do hackers employ? And how are companies and governments adapting to these new threats to protect the vital data of customers and citizens?

Our panel will unpick the concept of hacking, the nature of major hacks from the past few years and the various motivations behind the actions of those that hack. Public services, infrastructure, industry and individuals are all vulnerable to cyberattacks – what might the hacks of the future look like and what can be done to try to minimize these threats?

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