Brian Sims

International leaders take centre stage at CYBERUK 2023

LEADERS IN cyber security will appear at the UK’s flagship cyber conference in Belfast next month to share their expertise in helping to shape a resilient online world of the future. CYBERUK 2023 – which is taking place in Northern Ireland for the first time – is set to welcome over 2,000 attendees from industry, academia and Government to the International Convention Centre on 19-20 April for exhibitions of new and emerging technology, panel sessions and keynote speeches.

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – itself a part of GCHQ – has announced the latest international speakers to be confirmed for the conference. They include Kemba Walden (acting director for the Office of the National Cyber Director at The White House), David Koh (CEO of the Cyber Security Agency of Singapore), Rob Joyce (director of cyber security at the US National Security Agency), Sami Khoury (head of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security) and Lisa Fong (director of the New Zealand National Cyber Security Centre).

This follows an earlier announcement (reported by Security Matters) of other influential participants, including CISA director Jen Easterly and celebrated political scientist Thomas Rid.A number of panellists and speakers from academia and industry, including experts from Google, Arm and BT, have also been confirmed to attend.

The latest confirmed panellists for CYBERUK 2023 are Andrew Hauser (executive director for markets at the Bank of England), Paul Stein (chair of Rolls-Royce SMR), Richard Grisenthwaite (senior vice-president, chief architect and Fellow at Arm), Winnona De Sombre (non-resident Fellow at The Atlantic Council), Shane Huntley (director of the Threat Analysis Group at Google), Katie Moussouris (founder and CEO of Luta Security), Chris Miller (associate professor at Tufts University and author of The Financial Times Business Book of the Year, entitled ‘Chip War’) and Dave Harcourt (chief security authority and automation director at BT).

Common threats

The new names have been revealed with just a few days to go until registrations close on Monday 20 March. Places are still available for private sector and international delegates who wish to attend.

Lindy Cameron, CEO of the NCSC, said: “Cyber security is a team sport with players from across the globe. I’m delighted to host some of our key international partners and world-leading cyber security experts so that we can discuss how best to defend ourselves against common threats.”

Cameron continued: “UK cyber resilience is not just a UK challenge. Many of the threats, vulnerabilities and future hurdles we face are shared around the world. There is still time to register for CYBERUK 2023, and I would strongly encourage professionals working in the cyber realm to sign up for this opportunity to share their expertise and engage with other thought leaders.”

Overarching theme

The overarching theme of this year’s event is ‘Securing an open and resilient digital future’ and it will seek to answer key questions including:

*What will cyberspace be like in ten years’ time?

*Will we be able to secure cyberspace so that it remains free, open and democratic?

*Will we have innovated and built the technologies that underpin our values?

*Will we have predicted and mitigated the risks and vulnerabilities?

CYBERUK will be delivered by the NCSC and sponsors across several distinct streams of activity: strong ecosystems, a resilient society, threats, risks and vulnerabilities and securing foundations for technology advantage.

*Further information is available online at

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