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Global intelligence agencies to share UK stage for first time at CYBERUK

'Five eyes' agencies will share a stage for the first time at CYBERUK 2019 to discuss global cyber attack resilience.

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  • 2,500 cyber security experts will attend two-day NCSC CYBERUK conference in Glasgow
  • Summit to include keynote speeches, workshops and state-of-the-art exhibition displays
  • Morning session will see experts from Five Eyes intelligence agencies (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, USA and UK) discuss shared threats for first time in the UK
  • Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt: “Cyber is a global threat that needs a global response”

Global cyber attack resilience will be boosted when members of the ‘Five Eyes’ intelligence agency alliance discuss their experiences when sharing a stage together on UK soil for the first time today.

The public session will take place at the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) annual conference CYBERUK, which will see 2,500 cyber security experts coming together for a two-day conference in Glasgow’s Scottish Exhibition Centre.

Five Eyes is the name of the intelligence alliance between the USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand which helps share information to keep its citizens as safe as possible from threats.

At the conference this morning, a session chaired by the Director of Cyber at Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Yasmin Brooks will see the following discuss global vulnerabilities, shared experiences and differences to approaches;

  • UK – Ciaran Martin, Chief Executive Officer, NCSC
  • USA – Rob Joyce, Senior Cyber Security Advisor, NSA
  • Canada – Scott Jones, Head of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security
  • Australia – Scott McLeod, First Assistant Director-General Protect, Assure & Enable
  • New Zealand – Jan Thornborough, Unit Manager, Outreach and Engagement, National Cyber Security Centre

The session will open discussions between key allies across the world and address global collaboration on threat sharing, joint operations and beyond.

NCSC CEO Ciaran Martin said:

“Cyber security is an international team sport, and we are delighted to host allies from around the world in this public way to discuss how we best defend from common adversaries.

“Cyber attacks do not respect international boundaries, and many of the threats and vulnerabilities we face are shared around the globe.

“Each nation has sovereignty to defend itself as it sees best fit, but it’s vital that we work closely with our allies to make the world as safe as possible.”

Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said:

“The UK is one of the leading cyber powers in the world – but this is a global threat that needs a global response.

“That’s why we are working closely with our allies across the globe to deter and tackle cyber threats, share information and respond in a coordinated way to impose a price on malicious cyber activity.

“I am delighted to see 2,500 cyber security experts at CYBERUK in Glasgow, working to make cyberspace free, open, peaceful and secure.”

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