Surviving Cyber Warfare: A Nightmare Before Christmas (1st December 2022)

The role of commercial communications in national security has been firmly established through Starlink’s role in the Ukraine war, but how vulnerable are such systems to countermeasures, or inherent vulnerabilities? On Thursday the 1st December we are running an interactive Roundtable that will discuss and explore various aspects of cyber resilience, from Chinese anti-satellite missile tests, to Russian false flag attacks on underseas connections in other sectors.

Do mesh networks offer a way forward? And how vulnerable is modern Western society to such threats, whether man-made or natural events such as solar flares? Will your organization get caught in the digital crossfire?

Russia’s attacks on Starlink established how important commercial communication links are to not only the war in Ukraine but wider national security; our Christmas event this year will explore cyber resilience in both government and private firms, including Chinese anti-satellite activity, weaponized Ransomware, the fragility of undersea Internet links and vulnerabilities in the supply chain, and more!

And that’s before we get started on solar flares and other threats to the technology that supports the way we live in Western societies.

As the saying nearly goes: “you may not be interested in Cyber warfare, but Cyber warfare is interested in you”.

About our panellists

Andrew Churchill, with over 20 years’ experience as a consultant and researcher to government, industry, and academia, holding senior roles across security technology policy and research fields. Leading HM Government’s Cybercrime Task Force, coordination of the UK Defence & Security technology requirements across Whitehall recently as lead author of the British Standard in Digital Identification & Strong Customer Authentication (PAS4992019). Andrew is also a subject matter expert on EU Cybercrime & terrorism research programme, member of the Federal Reserve’s Secure Payments Task Force, UK member of ISO TC321 in E-Commerce Transaction Assurance, and is an advisor to myriad international tech providers. In addition to his first degree, he holds masters in Information Security (MSc, Royal Holloway), and Defence & Security Analysis (MA, Lancaster University).

Philip Virgo is Convenor of the Cyber Resilience Centre for London, past Chairman of the Conservative Party’s technology thinktank, the CSTF, and Board Member of the Digital policy Alliance.

Dominic Connor has had various roles in technology and is Honorary President of the Real Time Club with the task of ensuring as many different and interesting questions are handled by the panel.