Welcome to Cyber Week

Written by Sam Trendall on 6 July 2020 in News

Introducing a dedicated week of features, interviews and exclusive research

Welcome to PublicTechnology Cyber Week.

The importance of cybersecurity – and the potential consequences of getting it wrong – has never been clearer. And nowhere is this truer than in the public sector, where organisations routinely handle and process the most sensitive personal information, in support of delivering crucial citizen services.

We are almost four years on from the publication of the government’s five-year National Cyber Security Strategy, which more-or-less coincided with the formation, as part of GCHQ, of the National Cyber Security Centre. In May, we passed the third anniversary of the WannaCry ransomware attack that wrought unprecedented havoc at more than a third of NHS trusts and 603 primary-care providers across England.

The threat has not diminished since then. Nor has the severity with which the issue of cybersecurity is treated by a growing band of professionals across the public sector – including not just technologies, but policymakers and front-line delivery professionals.

Over the course of this week, through various features, analysis, interviews and exclusive research on the prevalence of data breaches across the public sector, we will explore a range of issues related to cyberattacks, their impact, how to defend against them, the need for skills, and how government can respond through policy, funding and initiatives.

We have a dedicated page where all the content published throughout the week will be collected.

Today, we begin by focusing on cyber’s role in defence, the Armed Forces, and National Security.

As of last month, the UK Armed Forces has its first dedicated Cyber Regiment. Its formation is testament to the growing potential for the cyber realm to be as much of a battlefield as land, sea, air.

But, as we explore in this feature, the concept of cyber warfare remains fraught with ethical grey area and a lack of regulation.

In this piece, meanwhile, we track the development of the UK’s national cyber defences across government and the defence security services, and how national strategies might develop in the future.

Tomorrow, we will take a closer look at the state of cybersecurity across UK businesses, and what government can do to support them. 

As part of which, we will be hosting a webinar on with insights from former Department for Work and Pensions chief security officer Claudia Natanson, former Deutsche Bank and Nortel senior security executive Patricia Vella, and David Higgins, EMEA technical director of CyberArk – who we are delighted to be hosting Cyber Week in association with.

Click here to register to view the webinar free of charge – and have the chance to put questions to our expert panel, who will be discussing the impact of GDPR two years on from the introduction of the landmark law.

On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday we will, respectively, focus on the cybersecurity landscape for citizens, the NHS and, finally, central and local government.

We hope you enjoy Cyber Week, and thank you for joining us.

If you have any feedback on this – or any of the content published on PublicTechnology – or if you have a story to tell, then please do not hesitate to contact us.

Sam Trendall
Editor, PublicTechnology


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