Cyber 2024

Join senior policymakers and industry experts in a day of discussion and thought leadership to understand why those in this sector need to remain agile to the ever-changing, digital world.

Conference
5 June 2024 — 9:00AM TO 6:00PM
Chatham House and Online
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Recalibrating our assumptions on cybersecurity

The cyberspace domain is one of rapid technological development, significant threats, and plentiful opportunities. Actors from across the public and private sectors are looking to chart a path through this turbulent world and cut through the noise to contribute to increased growth. The transformation that Artificial Intelligence (AI) and emerging technologies have brought to the digital ecosystem cannot be overstated. As such, countries are dedicating significant time and resources to regulating new technologies, limiting risks, and driving innovation and competitiveness in the global economy.

However, the vast potential of cyberspace and emerging technologies is not without concern. New developments create vulnerabilities that cybercriminals, non-state actors and governments can exploit to their advantage. Critical national infrastructure (CNI) is increasingly at risk from cyberattacks, with debilitating political, socioeconomic and financial repercussions. With over 50 general elections taking place in 2024, the danger of cyberthreats subverting or disrupting the democratic processes is also significant.

In this ever-changing world, global assumptions on cybersecurity need to be recalibrated, and government and industry stakeholders must become more agile in understanding, responding to and harnessing a landscape that is growing more and more complex. The 2024 Cyber Conference explores pathways towards achieving these goals through on-the-record plenary discussions, keynote addresses with senior leaders and deep dive spotlight sessions held under the Chatham House Rule.

Why attend?

  • Explore why emerging technologies and artificial intelligence present new opportunities and challenges for cyber professionals.
  • Understand how cybercriminals are targeting critical infrastructure and what governments and businesses can do to enhance resilience against potential threats.
  • Hear from industry leading experts on the digital threats to democracy in an unprecedented year of national elections.

Who attends?

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The venue

Chatham House is a trusted forum for debate and independent analysis. Our conferences provide access to thought leadership, market insight and influential ideas by bringing together policymakers, world leaders, senior business executives and sector specialists.

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Agenda

Wednesday 5 June (timings subject to change)

Keynote address | UK cyber policy in an ever-changing world

0930–1000

How resilient is Critical National Infrastructure to cyberthreats?

  • Why is CNI vulnerability a key issue and how are governments tackling it to strengthen national security?

  • How should the private sector and public sector work together to improve national security and protect vital systems? 

  • Which actors pose the main cyberthreats to CNI? How are governments and industry responding to the increasing power of non-state actors to disrupt CNI?

  • How best should we analyse inter-related threats to CNI from the energy, nuclear and power sectors in a holistic way to ensure greater resiliency?
  • Is it possible for governments to come together to cooperate on cross-border CNI protection?

Speakers
Chris Gibson, Executive Director, FIRST
Julie Johnson, First Attaché to the United Kingdom, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency, United States
Christiane Kirketerp de Viron, Head of Unit for Cybersecurity and Digital Privacy Policies, DG CONNECT, European Commision
Chair: Joyce Hakmeh, Deputy Director, International Security Programme; Co-Editor, Journal of Cyber Policy, Chatham House

1000–1100

Networking break

1100–1130

AI – a paradigm shift for cybersecurity

  • In what ways will AI force global cyber operators to recalibrate their security assumptions?

  • How can AI enhance threat detection and response in the field of cyber security and can it be successfully integrated into existing cybersecurity frameworks?

  • What are the advantages and challenges to integrating AI into existing cybersecurity frameworks?

  • What cybersecurity lessons were learned from the UK’s AI Safety Summit and Bletchley Declaration?

  • How should cybersecurity stakeholders make progress towards secure AI system development?

Speakers
Brigadier Stefan Crossfield, Head of Information Exploitation, Chief Data Officer, Principal AI Officer, British Army
Senior Director, Department for Science, Innovation and Technology, United Kingdom 
Chair: Amanda Finch, CEO, CIISec

1130–1230

Networking lunch

1230–1330

Cybersecurity, democracy and the threat of disinformation

  • What is at risk when cyberspace and digital technologies are used to undermine democratic processes?
  • How have digital technologies accelerated the spread of disinformation around the world?
  • Are AI Large-Language Models (LLMs) the main danger for amplifying disinformation, or should stakeholders also focus on other areas?
  • Where does responsibility lie for preventing and responding to disinformation: technology producers, social media platform, governments or regulators? 
  • How can policymakers safely incorporate digital technologies into the democratic process to improve security and integrity?

Speakers
The Rt Hon Sir Robert Buckland MP, Former Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, United Kingdom
Carme Colomina, Research Fellow, Barcelona Centre for International Affairs
Ben Strick, Investigations Director, Centre for Information Resilience
Chair: Alex Krasodomski, Senior Research Associate, Digital Society Initiative, Chatham House

1330–1430

Networking break

1430–1500

Global governance in the next generation of cyberattacks

  • What are the key recent developments in the structure, sophistication and reach of cybercriminal groups and networks and how are these developments changing cyberspace?
  • Are there gaps in current national and international efforts to deter cybercrime and cybercriminals effective?
  • What does a strategic approach to countering cybercrime look like, and how is this responsive to the threat of cybercriminal groups and state-sponsored cyberattacks?
  • What impact will the future UN cybercrime convention have on improving global cooperation against cybercrime and how might it provide a secure path forward for stakeholders?
  • How can policies and measures be more responsive to the harms different individuals may face from cybercrime due to their identity and background?

Speakers
Ian Buffey, Chief Information Security Officer, AtkinsRéalis
Jonathan Ellison OBE, Director for National Resilience and Future Technology, NCSC
Carole House, Senior Non-Resident Fellow, The Atlantic Council
William Middleton, Cyber Policy Director, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, United Kingdom
Tatiana Tropina, Assistant Professor, Cybersecurity Governance, Leiden University
Chair: Emily Taylor, Associate Fellow, International Security Programme, Chatham House

1500–1600

Networking break

1600–1630

Fireside chat | Cyber capacity building: Fostering collective resilience among states

Exclusive to in-person participants and held under the Chatham House Rule.

  • How does cyber capacity building contribute to fostering collective cyber resilience among states?
  • In what ways can the principle of shared but differentiated responsibilities guide effective collaboration among states in enhancing their capabilities to mitigate cyberthreats?
  • How can international organizations and alliances facilitate inclusive cyber capacity building efforts, ensuring that states with different resources and challenges can actively participate and benefit?
  • How can the sustainability of Cyber Capacity Building (CCB) activities be assured amid the increasing global demand for CCB and given the constraints of a limited pool of donors and resources?

Speakers
Nnenna Ifeanyi-Ajufo, Vice-Chair of the African Union’s Cyber Security Experts Group; Associate Fellow, Africa Programme Chatham House
Chair: Isabella Wilkinson, Research Fellow, Digital Society Initiative

1630–1700

Spotlight session | How to prepare for quantum computing

Exclusive to in-person participants and held under the Chatham House Rule.

  • Where will quantum computing impact cyber stakeholders the most?
  • What is the potential for increasing the efficiency of research and development into new technologies with quantum computing power?
  • Will this emerging technology allow actors to harness its benefits to create better threat intelligence and management software?
  • Does the global digital architecture have the bandwidth to manage this technology safely?

Speakers
Jonathan Legh-Smith, Executive Director, UKQuantum
Chair: Patricia Lewis, Research Director; Director, International Security Programme, Chatham House

1700–1730

Concluding remarks

Remarks to be made by Patricia Lewis, Research Director and Director of the International Security Programme at Chatham House.

1730–1745

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