The newly appointed National Security Council earlier highlighted 16 national security threats that cannot be downgraded. The four most important of these have been ranked as ‘Tier 1’ and includes cyber security, two tiers above conventional large-scale military invasion.
The publication forms the basis of the long-anticipated Strategic Defence and Security Review (SDSR), which emphasises cyber war as a key area for concern both now and in the future.
The decision follows reports earlier in the year that Iran’s nuclear power plants were disrupted by a sophisticated computer worm, thought by most cyber specialists to be the work of a national power. Termed ‘Stuxnet’, the malware has been labelled the first recognised ‘cyber weapon’ and is believed to have finally made cyber warfare a reality.
Expert theory on the subject has indicated that in the event of cyber war, a nation could be most under threat from attacks on its transport services, health services or power supplies, or from large-scale financial fraud that could cripple the economy.
Cyber Warfare 2011 will be taking place between January 27-28th 2011 at the American Square Conference Centre, the forum will focus on countering the threats that digital combatants are placing on national security. Expert presentations will also include discussion on NATO doctrine, European cyber law, and fallout from the recent Stuxnet attack.
Confirmed keynote speakers to date include:
Air Commodore Graham Wright, Deputy Director of the UK Office of Cyber Security
Dr Paul Killworth, Head of Cyber Strategy at GCHQ
Colonel David Fahrenkrug, Director of CSAF Strategic Studies Group, US Army
Lieutenant Colonel Volker Wetzler, Head of Cyber Security for the German MoD
More information and booking forms can be found at www.cyberwarfare-
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