Friday 31 March 2017
Welcome to the summary of the final day of the International Parliamentary Conference on National Security, which was given over to the issue of cybersecurity.
The first session focussed on cyber hacking and explained the different types of hacks and strategies that can be carried out and how to be prevent these from happening. The session also touched on the current challenges authorities face with accessing encrypted platforms such as WhatsApp. There was a demonstration of an ethical hack which highlighted the ease of hacking using accessible apps.
The following session explored the role of the National Cyber Security Centre, which is part of GCHQ, and its mission to make the UK the safest place. As cybercrime overtakes normal crime it was stressed that there is a need to grow by partnering with the private sector so information can be shared more easily and by capability by bringing more talent into the organisation.
Launch of e-Handbook on Cybersecurity
The morning closed with the official launch of the w-Handbook on Cybersecurity. Produced by CPA UK, the e-Handbook is a resource for parliamentarians to equip them to deal with the challenges of cybersecurity and was contributed to by over 100 experts. To watch a short animation introducing the e-Handbook, click here.
Legislation, scrutiny and partnerships
Delegates then explored the specific role of parliamentarians with regards to cybersecurity. The challenge facing parliamentarians is how to protect the rule of law in cyberspace, which is ungoverned by state borders. The session held up the Budapest Convention on Cybercrime and some of the strategies being used to legislate at a national level for cybercrime as examples for parliamentarians to deal with these issues.
The session also looked at the role of parliamentary committees, drawing on the example of the UK Joint Committee on the National Security Strategy. The session concluded by asserting that cybersecurity is about the activities of people and processes not just technology.
The final session of the day focussed on the role of parliamentarians in building partnerships, which is essential to tackling cybecrime and also prevents the duplication of efforts. The session emphasised that people are the strongest asset for dealing with cybercrime and that there is an imperative on parliamentarians to connect organisations and individuals. The global interdependence of cybersecurity also means that on a global scale, nations need to be in communication as what is happening in one part of the world today can be happening in another part tomorrow.
A word of thanks
The conference came to a close with an address from Hon. Juliet Holness MP of Jamaica, who thanked the speakers, organisers and delegates for their participation and contributions.
CPA UK would like to add our thanks to all the delegates and speakers for their participation in our biggest IPC to date. It has been a privilege to explore these important issues with you and also to learn from your own experiences and knowledge. We hope to continue working with you in the future.