Brian Sims

Rid and Easterly confirmed in speaker line-up for CYBERUK 2023

RENOWNED POLITICAL scientist Thomas Rid and US cyber security head Jen Easterly are among the list of speakers confirmed to take part in CYBERUK, the UK’s flagship cyber security conference which runs on 19-20 April at the International Convention Centre in Belfast.

Thomas Rid is founding director of the Alperovitch Institute for Cyber Security Studies at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Jen Easterly, director of the Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security Agency, will return to CYBERUK to provide a cyber security perspective from the US.

CYBERUK 2023 will see leading international experts and attendees from industry, academia and Government visit Belfast for exhibitions of new and emerging technology, panel sessions and keynote speeches.

This year’s conference, which will be hosted by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – itself part of GCHQ – and takes place in Northern Ireland for the very first time, will be focusing on the theme of ‘securing an open and resilient digital future’.

Among those taking part in the speaker sessions will be Lindy Cameron (CEO at the NCSC), Katie Moussouris (CEO and founder of Luta Security), Paul Stein (chair of Rolls-Royce SMR), Andrew Hauser (executive director for markets at the Bank of England) and Louise Cushnaham (head of innovation at the School of Electronics, Queens University, Belfast).

Key online issues

Lindy Cameron commented: “CYBERUK brings together the brightest minds in cyber security to discuss, debate and demonstrate innovative solutions to the key issues facing the online world. It’s a genuine privilege to have internationally renowned figures from academia, industry and Government join us this year in Belfast to consider our theme of securing an open and resilient digital future.”

Cameron added: “There is still time to register. I strongly encourage cyber security professionals to sign up for this unique conference, hear from our distinguished speakers and join the debate.”

Oliver Dowden MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, stated: “CYBERUK is a calendar highlight. It’s a fantastic opportunity to bring together cyber leaders from right across the country and channel the expertise, enthusiasm and enterprise across Government and business. I look forward to being in Belfast myself to speak at the event.”

Further, Dowden noted: “Cyber presents a huge opportunity for the UK and, by working together, we will be able to take full advantage of the social and economic opportunities of the digital age and be world leaders in innovation and in securing an open, safe and reliable Internet.”

Innovate and strengthen

CYBERUK 2023 will explore new ways in which the cyber security sector – which is currently worth an estimated £10 billion to the UK economy – can join together to innovate and strengthen, resist new threats and be ready for those opportunities that technology can bring.

CYBERUK will be delivered by the NCSC and sponsors across four distinct streams of activity: (1) Strong ecosystem, resilient society (2) Threats, risks and vulnerabilities (3) Securing foundations for technology advantage and (4) Interactive workshops.

*Additional information concerning access to the event and CYBERUK 2023’s programme, exhibitors, speakers and sponsors can be found on the CYBERUK website

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