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Global intelligence agencies share UK stage for first time

This will be fascinating to see what’s said in public vs. the behaviours we see from the different national agencies…:

The Five Eyes intelligence agency alliance is to discuss global cyber vulnerabilities, shared experiences and differences in approach at the National Cyber Security Centre’s CyberUK 2019 conference in Glasgow from 24 to 25 April.

The two-day event is expected to attract 2,500 cyber security experts, including specialists across government, industry and law enforcement, and will include workshops, state-of-the-art exhibition displays and speeches by GCHQ director Jeremy Fleming and Cabinet Office minister David Lidington.

The first day of CyberUK will feature the discussion by representatives of intelligence agencies from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the US and the UK, which make up the Five Eyes alliance.

The session, to be chaired by Yasmin Brooks, director of cyber at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), will include the discussion of global collaboration on cyber threat sharing and joint operations.

This discussion is also expected to focus on common global cyber problems, such as the cyber skills shortage and election security, and collaboration in areas including incident management, data sharing and cyber attack attribution.

UK representative on the Five Eyes alliance, 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 is vital that we work closely with our allies to make the world as safe as possible.”

Other members of the Five Eyes panel are:

  • Rob Joyce, senior cyber security adviser, US National Security Agency (NSA).
  • Scott Jones, head of the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security.
  • Scott McLeod, Australia’s first assistant director-general, Protect, Assure & Enable.
  • Jan Thornborough, unit manager, outreach and engagement, New Zealand National Cyber Security Centre.


Original article here

Peter Glock
Over 30 years of designing, building and managing telecoms and IT services. Primarily working with large enterprise and professional services businesses in Asia, North America, continental Europe and the UK. Information security professional, secret physics nerd.

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