Cyber 2021

Join cyber security experts from policy, business and civil society to explore the key vulnerabilities of accelerated digital transformation and how to maintain a truly global, open internet.

11 October 2021 TO 12 October 2021 — 1:00PM TO 4:00PM

Overcoming the vulnerabilities of digital transformation 

The next Cyber conference will take place on 9 March 2023. For more information about attendance, sponsorship or marketing, please contact the Conferences team.

This year’s annual cyber conference will explore the accelerated digital transformation globally, the challenges it creates for effective cyber governance and security, and how to maintain a truly global and open internet.

Join an international audience of policymakers, senior business leaders, intergovernmental and multilateral organizations and other experts to engage in discussion over two days. With a focus on interactivity, key features in the virtual environment include 1:1 networking, polling, Q&A with speakers and live analysis of results.

This conference is part of the Chatham House LIVE series and is being hosted online and on the record.

Why attend?

  • Gain insights into how emerging cyber technologies are becoming a key arena for competition between states.

  • Understand the drivers behind the rise in state-sponsored cyber threats and their implications for businesses and societies.

  • Be part of the conversation of how to achieve the international cooperation needed to maintain a secure and open internet. 

  • Discuss how businesses, policymakers and civil society organizations can build resilient national cyber strategies for tomorrow.



Monday 11 October (BST – timings subject to change)

Keynote address

Lindy Cameron, CEO, NCSC

Chair: Dr Patricia Lewis, Research Director, Conflict, Science & Transformation; Director, International Security Programme, Chatham House


Competition in emerging cyber technologies

This session will explore how emerging cyber technologies have become a policy priority for states, the different tools they are employing to nurture and protect them, and how this competition will define the next generation of cyber technologies.

  • Why are states becoming increasingly concerned with their own cyber capabilities? 

  • What are the key emerging cyber technologies of interest?

  • What different measures are states taking to build and protect their own cyber capabilities?

  • How will these measures shape the commercial and operating environment of these technologies?


  • Erez Liebermann, Partner, Co-Chair of U.S. Data Solutions, Cybersecurity and Privacy Practice, Linklaters 
  • Zhanna Malekos-Smith, Senior Associate, Strategic Technologies Programme, Centre for Strategic and International Studies
  • Dan Patefield, Programme Head, Cyber and National Security, TechUK
  • Giacomo Persi Paoli, Programme Lead, Security and Technology, UNIDIR
  • Chair: Dr. Patricia Lewis, Research Director, Conflict, Science & Transformation; Director, International Security Programme, Chatham House 

Networking break


Understanding the continued rise of state-backed cyberattacks

This session will explore the underlying causes behind state-backed cyber threats, their evolving methods and impacts, and how a multi-stakeholder approach is needed at a national and international level to address them.

  • What are the drivers behind the continued rise of state-backed cyber threats?

  • What are the evolving targets of these attacks? How are they increasingly impacting the wider tech supply chain, including private organizations and individuals?

  • How can governments work with private and other non-state actors to effectively manage and respond to such threats?

  • What challenges do these attacks pose for international law? How can different actors work together at the international level to effectively attribute, retaliate, and deter further attacks?


  • Jamie Collier, Cyber Threat Intelligence Consultant, Mandiant 
  • Dr Simon Simon Mehdian-Staffell, UK Government Affairs Manager, Microsoft 
  • Ambassador Heli Tiirma-Klaar, Ambassador-at-Large for Cyber Diplomacy, Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Professor Tarah Wheeler, Cyber Project Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government
  • Chair: Joyce Hakmeh, Senior Research Fellow, International Security Programme; Co-Editor, Journal of Cyber Policy

Networking break


Overcoming international differences in data governance

This session will discuss the significance of effective data governance as part of digital transformation, the key challenges in diverging international approaches to data governance, and the implications this has for businesses and societies.

  • How is effective data governance an increasingly integral part of 21st century business and society? 

  • What are the key differences in transatlantic approaches to data governance? What is the significance of the Schrems II ruling?

  • How can we encourage more inclusive and responsible data governance globally?

  • What role should the private sector and civil society have in harmonising international approaches to data governance?


  • Joel Harrison, Partner, Data Privacy & Cybersecurity Practice, Milbank
  • Michael Rose, Head of Data Governance Policy, APAC, Google
  • Dr Mahlet Zimeta, Head of Public Policy, Open Data Institute
  • Chair: Harriet Moynihan, Acting Director, International Law Programme, Chatham House

End of day one


Tuesday 12 October (BST – timings subject to change)

Creating resilient cyber strategies for tomorrow

This session will explore how governments, the private sector and civil society can work together to build resilient cyber strategies that can protect their digital transformation and withstand the challenges of tomorrow. 

  • Why is developing resilient cyber strategies a key part of ensuring the success of digital transformation? 
  • What have been some of the ongoing challenges that states have faced when developing their cyber strategies? 
  • What is the importance of taking a whole-of-society approach when developing effective cyber strategies? What should be the role of public-private partnerships as part of this? 
  • What different ongoing cyber resilience initiatives are there at a national, regional and international level? How can we build on these existing initiatives?


  • Michael Phillips, Chief Claims Officer, Resilience 
  • Professor Celina Realuyo, Professor of Practice, National Defense University, William J. Perry Center for Hemispheric Defense Studies
  • Neil Walsh, Chief, Cybercrime and Anti-Money Laundering Department, UN Office of Drugs and Crime
  • Chair: Gordon Corera, Security Correspondent, BBC News 

Networking break


Keynote address

Cristin Flynn Goodwin, Associate General Counsel, Digital Security Unit, Microsoft

Chair: Dr. Renata Dwan, Deputy-Director & Senior Executive Officer, Chatham House


How can we maintain a global, open internet?

This session will explore how policymakers, businesses and civil society organizations can work together to build a rules-based international order for the digital space and maintain a truly global and open internet.

  • What are the key different national and regional approaches to internet governance? How feasible is a global internet in this context?

  • In what areas are these differences manifesting themselves, such as in conversations around standards and regulations?

  • What are the different societal and economic costs of a ‘splinternet’? How are these costs increasing?

  • What has been the progress in addressing these differences in international forums such as the two parallel processes in the UN (GGE and OEWG) and the 2018 Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace?

  • How can policymakers, businesses and civil society better work together to maintain a global and free internet?


  • Dr Alexi Drew, Senior Analyst, RAND Europe
  • Nick Pickles, Senior Strategist, Global Public Policy, Twitter
  • Sithuraj Ponraj, Visiting Senior Fellow, RSIS
  • Andrew Sullivan, CEO & President, The Internet Society 
  • Chair: Emily Taylor, Associate Fellow, International Security Programme, Chatham House

End of day two



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