Past eventParliamentary Briefing

Cyber-space and National Security: The Challenge for UK Policy

Chatham House, London


Dr Paul Cornish, Head, International Security Programme and Carrington Chair in International Security, Chatham House
David Livingstone, Associate Fellow, International Security Programme, Chatham House
Chair: Frank Gardner, BBC Security Correspondent


In many aspects of public, commercial and private life, society is increasingly dependent on the global information and communications infrastructure. With dependence comes vulnerability to a broad range of cyber-threats ranging from hacking and cyber-hooliganism to serious and organized crime, ideological and political extremism, and state-sponsored cyber-aggression. These threats cannot be said to constitute a vast, organized cyber-conspiracy, yet there is no doubt that the UK is challenged comprehensively, even systematically, from cyber-space. This discussion will consider the main elements of the cyber-security threat to the UK and the speakers will argue that a co-ordinated policy response can be informed by business process analysis and by a risk management philosophy, which would include a level of interventionism.

The speakers are co-authors of a Chatham House Report, 'Cyber-Space and the National Security of the United Kingdom', which will be published on 26 March.

Please note this briefing is for MPs and Peers only.