Past event

Invitation Only

Cyber Security and Global Interdependence: What is Critical?

Chatham House, London

International Security Department


Dave Clemente, Research Associate, International Security, Chatham House
Chair: Dr Thomas Rid, Reader, Department of War Studies, King's College London 


Modern life is increasingly dependent on a multitude of interconnected and interdependent infrastructure sectors, whose ability to deliver is increasingly dependent on cyberspace. Yet the dense interconnections between sectors - facilitated by cyberspace - make it harder to identify the nodes and connection points whose protection must be prioritized. The result is that critical infrastructure sectors tend to be categorized very broadly, and when everything is 'critical', nothing is. 

This is the basis of a new Chatham House report which will be launched at this event. The report examines these growing interdependencies, looks at widely accepted categories of critical infrastructure, and asks if they are fit for purpose. 

Attendance is by invitation only.