1. Conference on Cyberspace? Yeah, we started that.
In 2011, the UK hosted the first Conference on Cyberspace. The London conference brought together governments, industry and civil society to work toward a free, secure and dynamic Internet. Budapest hosted in 2012.
This year it’s Seoul’s turn. Over 1,600 delegates from more than 90 countries will descend on the South Korean capital for group sessions and panel discussions about how to maximize the economic, social and cultural benefits, while also dealing with the challenges.
3. I am rubber, you are glue
All across government, we are working to improve our resilience to cyber attacks. On both the military and the civilian side, we‘re developing new cyber tactics, techniques and plans. The Foreign Office is focused on the international relations aspects, the Department for Business is collaborating with the private sector and the security agencies (pay attention, 007!) are working to help British victims and investigating threats from terrorists and foreign intelligence agencies.
We can’t comment on rumours that the new Bond film will be called The Spy Who Snapchatted Me.
4. Taking it global
We’re also working with our partners around the world. All countries, whatever their income level, need the capacity to tackle cyber threats while preserving Internet freedom, which is why we’re giving over $3m a year to fund a new Global Cyber Security Capacity Centre at Oxford University. One of the Centre’s leading lights, Professor Sadie Creese, was recently profiled in Wired magazine.
6. Mmmmm, Pi
Raspberry Pi and Sonic Pi are, respectively, a credit card-sized PC and an open source programming language that explains concepts through sound. Both are GREAT for learning programming, even for young kids. And both were developed in the UK! Tasty.
8. Gurls Gurls Gurls
The cyber world was once a boys’ club on a par with most professional sports organizations. No longer! If you want proof, check out the work of Carrie Anne Philbin, whose Geek Gurl Diaries webisodes garnered her this year’s London Digital Hero Award by explaining the basics of computer science and showing ways of using computers to do cool stuff. She even shows us how to use a Raspberry Pi (see above – hint, don’t eat it).
Meanwhile, the UK is looking at ways of championing women (and Gurls) who want to pursue tech careers.
9. THE FUTURE!
In the words of British superspy Austin Powers: “right now we’ve got freedom and responsibility. Its a very groovy time.”
We’re always focused on the next big challenge in cybersecurity. We want to join up our efforts with work being done in the private sector. We also want to broaden our efforts to protect our systems, and bring developing countries increasingly into the conversation. A major way of doing this is, of course, our participation in the Seoul Conference. You can read about our progress here.