GCHQ Director Jeremy Fleming inaugurated the National Center for Cybersecurity (NCSC) CyberUK conference today, recalling that cybersecurity issues affect everyone in the UK.

CyberUK was abolished in 2020 and took place in practice last year, but returns in 2022 as a personal event – although it is now also broadcast live.

Reflecting on the past two years, Fleming said the transition to a predominantly online life has led to increased awareness of supply chain vulnerabilities and an increased risk of online cybercrime gangs and digital fraudsters.

Beyond the pandemic, he said, data commodification and China’s continued rise remain a challenge as the war in Ukraine further heightened the security discourse, although he acknowledged that the angle of the cyber war may have been “exaggerated.”

“All of this creates a context that emphasizes the importance of digital connectivity for our entire lives,” Fleming said. “This is a trend that will continue to accelerate, which means that we need to be able to trust the systems that connect us, that enrich our lives economically and socially, and that means that cyberspace obviously matters to everyone. “

Fleming reiterated the government’s ambition – as set out in the National Cyber ​​Strategy – for a shared approach of the whole society to cybersecurity in the United Kingdom.

“For the first time, we have a national strategy that covers all cybernetics, from defense to cyber operations and from cyber rules to skills,” Fleming said. “He recognizes the role of citizens, big and small businesses, academia, NGOs, local and decentralized governments, and recognizes that we must work together to increase cyber resilience. I think this is really breaking new ground, and while it inevitably speaks to the threat, it makes it very clear that as a country we must seize the opportunities of technology, convinced that cyberspace remains a force for good. ”

Welcoming visitors to the event in Newport, South Wales, NCSC CEO Lindy Cameron reinforced these sentiments.

“If we have learned one thing in the last few years, it is that cybersecurity is not a niche interest, it is central to our way of life, whether it’s shopping online without being deceived, protecting intellectual property or national utilities. “services that support the lights we all rely on cybersecurity,” she said.

“In many ways – without pressure on you – everyone relies on us and I think that’s on us as a community. We c [the] The NCSC takes this responsibility particularly seriously. NCSC launched in 2017 as captain of a cybersecurity team in the UK. As part of GCHQ, we have access to the most sophisticated options to help us in our mission to keep the UK the safest place to live and work online.

“But we can’t do it alone. Each and every organization in the UK has a role to play in sharing knowledge, tackling systemic vulnerabilities, providing leadership on key national cybersecurity issues, and what we are especially proud of is the strength of the community embodied by all of you here today. ” said Cameron.

“The emphasis on cooperation is natural for all of us, it is exposed daily by all of us in this community,” she added. “We are a community that cares about the security and prosperity of the United Kingdom, as well as our friends and our allies.


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